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View Poll Results: Which was the best?
Woolworth’s 23 82.14%
K-Mart 5 17.86%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-29-2024, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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KMart was a big deal once upon a time, doing the same things WalMart ultimately ended up doing better. In the eighties, they were basically evenly-matched in the discount store space, sort like WM and Target today. KMart faltered and WalMart kept doing things right, leading to WM surviving and thriving as KMart ended up becoming a shell of its former self.
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Old 02-29-2024, 04:09 PM
 
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I do remember the K-Mart cafeteria in the back of the store. Grilled cheese and watery coffee but it beat eating at the inlaw's. We had a Woolworth in Germany. I still have a perfect glass salad bowl in use. There was no cafeteria. A soft ice vendor and one for oversized hotdogs in hollowed buns were under the marquee.
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Old 02-29-2024, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Recent history vs ancient history?
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Old 02-29-2024, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Why would someone start a poll on this? Neither have been around for many, many years.
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Old 02-29-2024, 05:53 PM
 
Location: East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area
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I recall the Woolworth’s lunch counter and of course, the “Sears Cafe” as they were called. Never saw a restaurant inside of a K Mart, though.

In the late ‘60’s, my Dad would take my Mom and I shopping on Saturdays. My Mom would head off into the store to shop and my Dad and I would head to the restaurant for a quick lunch or afternoon snack. I often had a burger with fries while my Dad often had the “chicken in a basket” (I think that’s what it was called.) My Dad always liked coffee with his meals and sometimes, we would spilt a sundae.

I recall the Sears store had the aroma of freshly popped, buttered popcorn. The Sears also had a candy counter and also sold nuts (cashews, peanuts, etc.) by the pound.

Brings back fond memories of days gone by.
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Old 02-29-2024, 06:34 PM
 
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The only thing I remember getting at Kmart were their sub sandwiches.
They were so good and cheap.
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Old 02-29-2024, 09:06 PM
 
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Why would someone start a poll on this? Neither have been around for many, many years.
Indeed. This thread is going to repel anyone under 40 from the forum. "It's full of old people..."

I grew up with a Kmart shopping mother, but don't have any memories of them having a cafe. Maybe it was regional or they did away with it. I remember Kmart from the 1980s-90s. It was the equivalent of today's Walmart, there was no Walmart where I grew up.

I used to live in Las Cruces, New Mexico and the downtown was a ghost town at that time. One of the boarded-up storefronts used to be a Woolworth's, the sign was long gone but the name was imprinted in the metal door handles. I always thought that was neat. This was around 2008.
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Old 03-01-2024, 03:41 AM
 
Location: Southeast Michigan
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Why would someone start a poll on this? Neither have been around for many, many years.
Because it's fun to talk about and remember the old times?
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Old 03-01-2024, 07:50 AM
 
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Why would someone start a poll on this? Neither have been around for many, many years.

So feel free to move along, then, while the rest of us reminisce.
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Old 03-01-2024, 07:52 AM
 
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anyone under 40 from the forum. "It's full of old people..."

They're already on Reddit. That's why most everyone here is of a certain age.
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