SANATOGA PA – The K-Mart discount department store at 2200 E. High St., which occupies the largest retail building in Sanatoga village and has operated there continuously for decades, will close its doors Aug. 31 (2014), a store management employee confirmed Saturday (June 21).
Representatives of the property on which the more than 80,000-square-foot structure, built in 1973, is located declined to renew its lease, the employee said. K-Mart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation, headquartered in the Chicago IL suburb of Hoffman Estates; officials there could not be reached Saturday for comment.
Shoppers first became aware of the local retailer’s fate as workers unrolled and attached two large, yellow banners bearing the words “STORE CLOSING” in black block letters, one on each side of the rooftop facade that carries the K-Mart logo. Many of those seen entering the store walked over to its front counter to ask for details, but were offered few.
Ironically, a small sign taped to the window of one of the store’s front doors reported it was hiring personnel for summer seasonal positions.
The management employee claimed the Sanatoga K-Mart building itself was owned by Sears Holdings but was built on leased real estate. Montgomery County property records indicate the 15.45 acres occupied by the main building, its attached garden center and parking lot is owned by a company identified as Pottstown PA Retail LLC. According to county records, it purchased the property during December 2003.