It's the end of an era for a south Nashville landmark. After serving shoppers for nearly 50 years, the city's oldest Kmart will close its doors this weekend.
The store on the corner of Nolensville Pike and Harding Place holds a lot of fond memories for shopper Aaron Hardwick.
"I used to always come here as a kid growing up, getting the school clothes," Hardwick said. "This is crazy, I mean, I never thought that this Kmart would close. It's been here forever."
Late last year, Sears Holdings Corp., which owns Kmart, announced it was closing the 48-year-old south Nashville store. Up to 55 employees could lose their jobs if they don't transfer to other stores.
Now, many residents and at least one Metro councilman are worried the closing will be yet another blow to the area.
"I'm very concerned. No one likes to see a large anchor business at the busiest intersection in the area go away," said Metro Councilman Chris Harmon.
This is the second biggest retailer on Nolensville Road to close in as many years. The Kroger just a few blocks down served its last customer in 2012.
While Harmon says the city doesn't actively recruit retailers, he's reached out to property owners, Brandywine Corp. in Pennsylvania, to try to fill that space before there are problems.
"People illegally parking, sometimes the homeless taking up residence in these areas," Harmon said.
While customers say they can always find another place to shop, a job, on the other hand, is not so easy to come by.
"You've been at a store 31 years, and you're already 50. Who's gonna hire you? Nobody wants to hire you," said shopper Mary McKissack.
Harmon says since Sears announced the closing, several businesses have expressed some interest in the space.
"I remain positive and hopeful that something will be here soon," he said.
Channel 4 News made several attempts to reach representatives for Sears, but no one has returned our call.
Kmart on Nolensville closes Sunday.
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