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Blue light fades: Last Michigan Kmart closes in Marshall

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MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) - The last Kmart in Michigan has closed in the state where the retail giant got its start.

Sunday was the last day at a Kmart in Marshall, 100 miles west of Detroit. Marshall City Manager Tom Tarkiewicz says customers were still finding products on the shelves.

Blue Light Specials over: Final Kmart store in Michigan closing

The first Kmart store opened in Garden City, a Detroit suburb, in 1962. The chain grew to more than 2,000 stores across the U.S., but its fortunes changed as other big box retailers gained momentum.

Kmart reorganized under bankruptcy protection in 2002-2003 and began closing hundreds of stores before merging with Sears, Roebuck in 2004.

The locations in Clio and Midland closed two years ago.

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