Kmart closed its doors Sunday afternoon in Lake Havasu City. As Ron Wickenheiser, Allison Testa, Jim Iseminger, and Ana Want said their goodbyes over the public address system, hugs and tears were shared all around.

“I’ve been with Kmart for 45 years and have been with this Kmart for the last 30 years. Best part of this store is helping our members out and also the great associates working here. And over the years working with the great organizations here in town. The support we got from the community, we just want to say thank you,” said manager Ron Wickenheiser.

“I’ve been with Kmart for 35 years and I was here when we opened this store and when we close the doors today. I love Havasu and I’m glad to be here and I’m sorry to see us go but we love Havasu people and the employees,” said Allison Testa.

“I’ve with Kmart for 35 years. I just want to say thank you for everyone shopping with us and I’m gonna miss the employees,” said Jim Iseminger.

“I’ve been with this Kmart for 31 years. I’m sad to leave my Kmart family. But Kmart is no more. So, I will still have them forever. Thank you to everyone that came to shop here,” said Ana Want.

Kmart employees pose for a group photo outside of the store after it closed Sunday afternoon. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Kmart store employees pose for a group photo outside of the store Sunday afternoon after it closed its doors after 31 years in Lake Havasu. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Allison Testa gets a hug from Katie Dause when it’s announced for final time that K-Mart is officially closed for last time. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene


Dixie Dahlgren and Emilyn Jennings embrace before the Kmart doors close Sunday. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

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Ana Want speaks over the PA for the last time with her granddaughter Ava watching at Kmart Sunday afternoon in Lake Havasu. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Ana Want and Chris Francis take a photo together as Kmart closes Sunday afternoon. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Kmart closing in Lake Havasu

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A Kmart employee finishes his last day on the job as Kmart closed on Sunday. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene


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Kmart in Lake Havasu is empty as it closes its doors on Sunday. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

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Kmart shelves are empty as it closes its Lake Havasu store Sunday afternoon. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

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11 Responses to “Kmart Employees Say Goodbye As The Doors Close In Lake Havasu City”

  1. Avatar Catherine says:

    So sad, what will happen to the building now? Is there another business going in?

  2. Avatar Dixie says:

    Best wishes to all ♥️

    • Avatar Leandra says:

      Hi Dixie. So neat to see your face. Sad day. Leandra (cashier 25 years ago! 😁

    • Avatar Kelly kean says:

      Was great to see you still there Dixie you are one of my fondest memories of working at Kmart , plus being my street buddie 😄 just found out store was closed was totally surprised .

  3. Avatar Kimberly Powell says:

    So sad. My mom, Lynda Clark, worked in the jewelry department at LHC Kmart for years before she passed in 2005. She loved the store and her Kmart family.

    • Avatar Kelly kean says:

      I fondly remember Lynda singing Santa songs on the intercom to Leroy. She was a joy to work with. I never thought I would see this Kmart go it was such a good preforming store worked there many years.

  4. Avatar Judy Danley says:

    I will miss this store but will miss all the people that MADE this store! What a sad loss to our community.

    • Avatar Monica says:

      I miss Kmart already havent shopped In weeks. Going to miss the employees whom I’ve known for many years. Happy retirement to all who are

  5. Avatar Jana Speed says:

    I worked at this Kamart for nearly 8 years, first as a cashier, jewelry department associate, customer service supervisor, and any other position that needed a fill in. I am so sad and disappointed in Sears Holdings for closing this store. It was vital to the Havasu Community, especially the retired sector that don’t drive and depended on Kmart for their medications and daily necessities. We were a real family there, not just fellow employees. We ate together, laughter together, celebrated births and deaths as a family does. This group of people were the best I ever worked with! It is with intense sadness that I say….. so long Kmart……you will be missed.

  6. Avatar Marlene Hobday says:

    So very sad to see our LHC Kmart go.
    I suppose it’s “progress” but I am sure gonna miss it.

  7. Avatar Darlene says:

    We will miss our close to us to get what we needed store. We started worrying about it when we couldn’t get a Nathan’s hot dog anymore. We are so sorry for all the employees that have been there so long. Good luck to all of them finding a new job.

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