-- Sales in 1999 were $35.9 million.
-- There are a total of 2,171 Kmart stores in the nation, with 1,860 Big Kmarts, 206 traditional stores and 105 Super Kmarts.
-- Kmart's mission is to be the discount store of choice for low- and middle-income households for routine and seasonal shopping needs, as well or better than the competition.
-- During 1999, Kmart began a new arrangement with SuperValu and Fleming to distribute nearly $4 billion in grocery-related goods to the discount stores.
-- Kmart launched BlueLight.com as an independent e-commerce company in December 1999 for online shopping opportunities. The site debuted in May and will have an electronic grand opening late this summer.
-- Kmart employs about 275,000 workers.
-- The first Kmart opened in Garden City, Mich., a Detroit suburb, in 1962. The company opened its 2,000 Kmart in 1981. The stores trace their history back to 1899 with the foundation of the S.S. Kresge Co., a five and dime variety store in downtown Detroit where things were sold for a nickle or 10 cents. Success meant an expansion to 85 stores and annual sales of more than $10 million by 1912. Inflation during World War II meant the prices climbed to 25 cents. By the mid 1920s, the company was opening stores where the merchandise could be had for less than $1.
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