The Last K Mart In Orange County Closes

The Last K Mart In Orange County Closes

The last K Mart location left in Orange County in Costa Mesa at Harbor and Wilson is closing down and, is now holding a liquidation sale as the once mighty retailer leaves Orange County. The home of the blue light specials up until 1990 was the second largest retailer in the United States after Sears until Walmart past it in November of that year.

I remember going to the Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley locations in the mid eighties and, the stores were very busy but as eighties became the nineties the stores looked exactly the same, no money was spent on remodeling the stores which looked dated as well as starting to deteriorate. The company lost focus as it was more interested in opening Builders Square (Hardware Store) and Waldenbooks locations instead of keeping their core K Mart stores competitive.Yes Walmart overtook and, started beating them nationally but in Orange County it was Target and Home Depot that took market share from them as they opened more stores across the county followed later by the likes of Marshall’s and TJ Max the decline was well under way by the time Walmart had a real presence in Orange County.

In the early nineties things looked a little better for K Mart as changed its logo and brought in celebrity exclusive lines such as Martha Stewart, Kathy Ireland and former Charlies Angel Jaclyn Smith but 2002 K Mart started closing down stores until finally the once mighty retailer was in bankruptcy and then closed more stores. Hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert purchased a controlling share of the company and in 2004 put it together with Sears which he owned a big chunk of the now also struggling Sears under the name Sears Holding Company. The two stores continued to operate under their individual names but both continued to keep closing stores and selling off assets.

In the last year the K Mart in Costa Mesa was put up for sale on a real estate website so it was just a matter of time before the Harbor and Wilson location would close. I work close to the K Mart and have gone in the last year the appliance, garden, jewelry counters and electronics departments were closed a while ago. The merchandise in the store was stretched out to make the store look fuller the few remaining customers were helped by a skeleton crew.

Its sad to see a once mighty brand disappear from Orange County but this was many years coming and, in many ways the location stayed open much longer than expected so hopefully the employees being laid off have made other plans already.

South Coast Plaza Extending Hours

South Coast Plaza Extending Hours

If you have the shopping urge and, maybe you have gotten your COVID shot after months of hibernation i do have some shopping news for you; South Coast Plaza has extended its hours as things get back to more normal. Now the huge shopping center is open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.

Yes you have to wear a mask and social distance into protocols are in place but at least its back to some as semblance of normal. The mall has over 245 stores and a total of 2,800,000 square feet of retail space making it one of the largest malls in the country so you should find something interesting.

Location:

3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Lunar New Year At South Coast Plaza

Lunar New Year At South Coast Plaza

You can celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year now through February 28th with South Coast Plaza. If you don’t want to head to mall yet you can watch free live performances on their website South Coast Plaza.com.

If you are ready to go to South Coast Plaza you can visit Jewel Court to check out their Year Of The Ox display for Chinese New Year. If you are hungry you can also go to one of the many restaurants at South Coast Plaza that has a special menu for the holiday.

A couple that sound good are duck dumplings at Knife Pleat or a place. i want to check out anyways the special Chinese Teatime at the Blue Box Cafe by Tiffany.

If you are not Chinese their is no reason you cannot celebrate New Years again especially as the last year wasn’t great for any of us.

Address:

3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa (800) 782-8888

Costa Mesa Puts Off Hazard Pay Decision

Costa Mesa Puts Off Hazard Pay Decision

The City of Costa Mesa has put off a decision about possible hazard pay for grocery and, pharmacy workers so its staff can do more research on the issue.

The proposed ordinance would give grocery and pharmacy workers an extra $4 per hour in hazard pay and, would last for 120 days. Santa Ana is also considering doing something similar but they also put off the decision for the moment.

A similar Hero’s Pay ordinance when in to effect in Long Beach but the next day the huge supermarket group Kroger announced that it was closing a Ralphs and, a Food 4 Less location in Long Beach because of the ordinance.