The blue light specials are a mere memory of what used to be of Kmart on Sandy Hollow in Rockford. As a child, many of my G.I. Joes and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and slushies came from that very location. We knew the store's closure was imminent and the company announced some employees would receive a severance and others were encouraged to apply and other Kmart locations. This is not the first Rock River Valley Kmart (or Sears' owned store) to shut its doors for good - Belvidere lost their Kmart recently, too.

According to, Walmart purchased the property once occupied by Kmart on Sandy Hollow Road. Kmart sat in that spot for 40 years.

Check out these retro Kmart commercials.


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