Kmart and Sears are both going to be dead brands within the next few years. Same as JC Penny. I used to shop at Kmart a lot when I was younger - and where I used to live it was the Big Store locally. had to drive a bit to shop at JC Penny for some "nicer" clothes. Then they forgot who their customer base was. Started to go with Jacelyn Smith and Martha Stewart brands - upscaling the price while downscaling the quality and value. People figured if they were going to spend the same money as the nicer store brands - then they'll go shop at the nicer stores.
Quality went down, customer service went down, condition of stores went down - you could see the trend. But the CEO's had their heads in the golf course sand and didn't care - they still got their money. When Kmart went bankrupt, all their employee's stock (luckily I had already sold what little I had) became worthless, creditors took it in the shorts - the CEO's still had their money. Then Kmart was now debt free - so they bought Sears and started the game over again. I have refused to step foot into a Kmart since they did that. Used to love Sears - not sure when the last time I shopped there as the value just isn't there anymore.
The Craftsman tool line will continue to live a while longer based on the reputation of what and how they used to be, but very soon it will be in the same category as Pittsburg, Northern Tool and Harbor Freight.
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