Once a retail giant, Kmart nears extinction after closure

PEOPLE WALK into a Kmart in Avenel, N.J., Monday. When the New Jersey store closes its doors on April 16, it will leave only three remaining U.S. locations for the former retail powerhouse. / SETH WENIG / ASSOCIATED PRESS
AVENEL, N.J. (AP) – The familiar sights and sounds are still there: the scuffed and faded floor tiles, the relentless beige-on-beige color scheme, the toddlers' clothes and refrigerators and pretty much everything in between.  There's even a canned recording that begins, "Attention, Kmart shoppers" — except it's to remind folks about COVID-19 precautions, not to…

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