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Another four Kmart stores fold in Minnesota

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Kmart stores in Anoka, Burnsville, Blaine, and Waite Park will close their doors in early December, the Pioneer Press reports. A spokesman for Sears Holding Co., which owns the Kmart brand, says the stores will start their liquidation sales on Sept. 28.

It's another piece of the ongoing saga of closing Kmarts across the country. In July, representatives announced the Oakdale location would close its doors in September. The Kmart in Marshall just closed earlier this summer as well, according to the Marshall Independent.

According to WJON, 11 Minnesota stores remain open in Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Dundas, International Falls, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Paul, Thief River Falls, Virginia, and West St. Paul.

There is one Kmart location, however, that some residents would love to see closed. The Minneapolis Kmart on Lake Street has long been the focus of ire for locals. It sits squarely in the middle of Nicollet Avenue, cutting the street in half and forcing drivers to take a detour.

Minneapois may soon change that, though. According to notes from a City Council meeting in July, government officials have an appraisal for the Lake Street property in hand. The site includes a now-closed Supervalu store next door, FOX 9 reports. The city is already in negotiations to buy the closed bargain grocery chain, according to the Business Journal, although the Kmart location still remains open.

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