Kmart to Close Store near Ferguson After #MikeBrown Riots
The Kmart was hit by looters in Ferguson during rioting in August.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:
The Kmart store near Florissant will close as part of what the retailer said Thursday is its latest effort to cut costs by shutting down underperforming stores.
A liquidation sale will begin Sunday and the store, located at 2855 Dunn Road, will close in early December, Howard Riefs, a company spokesman, said in a statement.
About 100 employees, most hourly or part-time workers, are affected.
The store is just off West Florissant Avenue, about 2 miles north of the QuikTrip store that looters ransacked and burned after a Ferguson police officer shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
The store is within an 868.5-acre commercial and residential area Ferguson is proposing to annex. The Ferguson City Council approved the proposal in June, then submitted it to the St. Louis County Boundary Commission for consideration. If supported by the commission, the proposal would be submitted for approval by Ferguson voters and voters in the annexation area, which is north of Interstate 270.
Riefs said in an email that Kmart’s decision to close the Florissant store was “unrelated to any local events.”
“The store was underperforming,” he said.