Blue Light Special to bust: Michigan's last Kmart about to end era

Marshall — Cynthia Schoensee carried to her car toys for her grandchildren, some toiletries and thermal underwear in plastic bags from an unexpected shopping expedition one recent Thursday afternoon.

She was traveling with a friend when she spotted a big K sign from their hotel: "I said, 'Is that really a Kmart still open?'" said Schoensee, 50, of Ortonville. "We drove around here and sure enough, it was open, so we went shopping. They all closed by us three years ago. I haven't seen one since."

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