Back then, there was only the Kmart on Fairless Drive in South Lorain. (It was actually the first Kmart in Ohio, according to an article in the December 31, 1966 Chronicle-Telegram.) Later, there would be the store in the Amherst shopping center, and still later the Super Kmart on Leavitt Road.
The Kmart name was first rolled out in 1962.
Of course, there had long been the predecessor Kresge stores in the Lorain area. Here's a 1954 view of the Downtown Lorain store.
|October 1958 ad from Lorain Journal|
|June 1, 1960 ad from Lorain Journal|
|October 1966 ad from Lorain Journal|
If you’re a fan of Kmart, the nearest one now is in Cleveland, located at 14901 Lorain Road.
Surprisingly, the chain is still the third largest big box chain in the United States, behind Walmart and Target (the two local competitors to the Leavitt Road store).
|The closed Lorain store this past weekend|
(Photo taken with a LG Sunset Tracfone)