Astor Place Kmart Throws in the Towel After 25 Years

Posted on: July 13th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Attention Kmart shoppers, no more blue light specials for Astor Place. The twenty-five-year-old location is officially kaput.

As first reported by EV Grieve yesterday, this once-bustling downtown Kmart shuttered suddenly on Sunday. Apparently, employees weren’t told of the closing date until this past Friday. Signs announcing the final days were circulated throughout the store a day later.

This Kmart – on the block since November 1996 – had been the last remaining location left in Manhattan after the Penn Station hole-in-the-wall shuttered last year.

Rumors of its demise are traced back to January 2018, when it was reported that Facebook was taking a chunk of the building for office space. Landlord Vornado bought back the second floor space from Kmart with the social media giant lined up. The retailer subsequently downsized.

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