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
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
A Kmart employee finishes his last day on the job as Kmart closed on Sunday. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Kmart in Lake Havasu is empty as it closes its doors on Sunday. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene
Kmart shelves are empty as it closes its Lake Havasu store Sunday afternoon. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene