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Herndon Mayor: Kmart Site Will Become Home to ‘Several’ New Businesses

by Dave Emke — May 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm 13 Comments

As a going-out-of-business sale continues at Kmart in Herndon (494 Elden St.), the town’s mayor says there are big plans in the site’s future.

In a comment on Reston Now’s Facebook page, Mayor Lisa Merkel says the Kmart’s closing has been “coming for a while,” but that she has been in recent contact with the building’s owners and is optimistic about its future.

“They are going to upgrade the facade significantly and subdivide the very large space into several new businesses,” Merkel wrote. “I was mostly pleased with what they shared and gave some specific feedback that we are looking to elevate the status of that end of the center.”

Merkel said she could not share specifics about the new businesses coming in, as leases are still being negotiated.

Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Kmart owner Sears Holdings Corporation, said the store will remain open for customers into late July. He called the decision to close the store “difficult, but necessary.”

“We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced. We often hear from our members who are disappointed when we close a store, but our Shop Your Way membership platform, websites and mobile apps allow us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its doors. As a result, we hope to retain a portion of the sales previously associated with this store by maintaining our relationships with the members who shopped this location.”

Kiefs also said customers can continue to shop at the company’s other area locations, and that employees who are eligible will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at those stores. The nearest remaining Kmarts will be in Springfield and Annandale, while Sears has stores at Dulles Town Center and Fair Oaks Mall.

The 84,000-square foot store was purchased in August by Florida-based real estate-investment firm Sterling Organization at a cost of $7 million. At the time, the firm’s CEO said “the real estate fundamentals of — and the demographics surrounding — this property are nothing short of exceptional.”

The rest of the shopping plaza, known as Herndon Centre, is owned by A.J. Dwoskin & Associates Inc.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Kmart was a great place to shop for inexpensive things like school supplies, holiday items including candy, socks, underwear, storage containers, party favors, and basic kitchen supplies. Kids’ shoes & basic clothes. Also, they were they only place I knew of for a while that had giant bags of foam beans for beanbags. Not ever going to drive as far as Springfield or Annandale for things like that; will just order online or hope Target has it (less competition for Target – they should be happy). Curious to see what will replace it.

    Given all the ridiculous expansion going on just down the road in the RTC area, I’m surprised that Herndon didn’t jump to redo that building as multi-use residential + commercial. If they’re going to renovate, they could just as easily go up a few stories and add some apartments or condos. That’s one lot which tends to have plenty of parking.

    • 40yearsinreston

      Herndon cares about its residents
      They thank​ their lucky stars they don’t have FBOS to deal with

    • vdiv

      There are a couple of Walmarts within 10 miles, Tyson’s Corner and Sterling. The Reston Target is a lost cause, it’s overpriced and has no selection considering the size. It’s probably a goner soon too. 🙁

      • drip

        The Reston Target seems to be getting worse in quality and prices. I’ve noticed a drastic increase in their attempts to sell food, most notably children’s food like apple sauce that is well past the use-by date, but also hot dogs and milk.

        • restonista

          The fresh produce is far cry from fresh…

    • Why do you bother?

      I just spent a ridiculous amount of $ there – KMart is the only place I’ve found cotton slacks that fit me!

      Is there a closing date?

  • Generic User

    Like among the decaying remains of a fallen old tree, nature gives birth to sprouts of new life.

  • LakeNewportLady

    Happy about this!

  • Greg

    Aldi.

  • TheKingJAK

    Kmart at that location has been a staple for as long as I can remember. I started shopping there even more so around last Christmas, and the ability to find everything I needed along with their customer service was nothing short of amazing. When I see a shop such as this one disappearing from our area it gives me grave doubts about the future of brick-and-motor stores in general.

  • Mike M

    Honestly, hasn’t Kmart been the death-warmed-over star of retail for about 25 years now?

    • Greg

      Yes. Even the Muzak in that Kmart is vintage 80s.

  • Mari Grie

    Well this really sucks. I loved shopping here vs the annandale kmart which has bad customer service and whose stock is over picked and less than the herndon kmart. Sad to see it go. Loved the service (nonexistant at the annandale one).

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