Kmart, the national retailer known for its discount clothes, electronics, small appliances and blue-light specials, is closing its south Raleigh store on Fayetteville Road in mid-December.
“Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base and accelerate the transformation of our business model,” Howard Riefs, Sears Holdings director of corporate communications, wrote in an email. “These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail – at the store, online and in the home.”
The store, which opened in 1994, is liquidating its merchandise through a sale. Its 88 employees will be able to apply for positions at other locations.
Kmart is at 4300 Fayetteville Road.
Redress Raleigh, Raleigh Fashion Association and North Hills are teaming up again to create their second Pop Shop temporary clothing and accessories store.
The purpose of the project is to expose customers to local designers. The shop will feature 13 designers, including some who are new to Pop Shop and some who participated in the original store that was open through the month of August.
The store will showcase and sell items that include scarves, dresses, jewelry and T-shirts from designers such as Brittany Whealon, Zac Schell, Organicality, Katie Wolfrum and Seven Sages.
The latest shop will also target the holiday season and a broader audience than the first shop by adding a line of pillows, holiday stockings, more accessories, and men’s and children’s clothes.
“We wanted more variety,” said Beth Stewart, strategic director for Redress Raleigh, a local organization that promotes sustainability in fashion. “The first one was female-centric. We wanted to encourage people to have a larger variety.”
Prices range from about $25 to $50 for accessories to about $80 to $100 for apparel. Kids clothes will be about $30 to $50, Stewart said.
The second Pop Shop will run Nov. 15-24 with a grand opening 6 p.m. Nov. 14 It will be at 4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Suite 110, between Charlotte’s and Firebirds.
Gourmet candy shop and online retailer See’s Candies is opening two Triangle pop-up stores during the holiday season.
The first will open Saturday and run through Dec. 26 at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham. It will be in the food court on the upper level of the mall.
The Raleigh Crabtree Valley Mall store will operate from Nov. 7 through Christmas and will be on the lower level near Belk.
The short-term lease is up on the shop that owner Laura Suther opened in June. She used the pop-up model as a way to test customer appeal and hopes to eventually open a permanent downtown location with products that appeal to customers all year.
I “learned that with a high-profile location, which we were very fortunate to lease this summer, we’d need to add a few more products or have a smaller storefront in order to stay in business year-round,” Suther wrote in an email. “Naturally, with cooler weather and when school started back in August, there was a dip in sales. Therefore, in order to have a year-round following, we’d need to add different products.”
Suther has closed a second location on Person Street that opened in July. Pop Up Ice Cream is at 131 S. Wilmington St., next to Gravy.