CLOSED AND LOCKED; K-MART ENDS SANATOGA RUN – The K-Mart department store in Sanatoga Village Center, 2200 E. High St., closed its doors for a final time Sunday (Aug. 31, 2014), ending four decades of the national retailer’s fabled blue-light specials in Lower Pottsgrove Township. The store was built in 1973, and announced June 22 it would close by the end of August. Cashiers starting ringing up the last customers’ purchases at about 3 p.m.; by 3:45 store employees and personnel were escorting straggling bargain-seekers (above) out the front entrance. Day-glow pink paper signs with capital letters were taped to the door glass, proclaiming the store was now “Closed To The Public (below). A few would-be shoppers pulled into the parking lot soon after, believing the store would remain open later (bottom), and were disappointed to find they couldn’t get in. No future plans for the property have been announced. The Sanatoga Thriftway supermarket, also part of the center, continues to be open for business. On Sunday, it too had a sign taped to its front doors … one that had been there for months: “To dispel any rumors, Sanatoga Thriftway will not be closing,” it read.