WHAT SHOULD GO HERE? Lakewood Kmart Building

The longtime Lakewood business is closing in January. We ask you, Patch users, what would you like to see replace it?

Earlier this year, we learned that Kmart was going to close its doors in January.

It was a longtime Lakewood business - it operated nearly four decades at its location on 100th Street Southwest - that, at least for now, will leave a void near the heart of the city.

So we would like to hear from you, Patch users, what would you like to see replace Kmart? A big box store? A restaurant? Something else?

There's nothing scientific about this, nor does it have any bearing on what will eventually go in these locations. Heck, there could already be a tenant-in-waiting that we don't even know about.

But it makes for great fodder, doesn't it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Looking forward to a lively discussion.

Brent Champaco December 28, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Oooh. Something all-ages, I'm assuming? That would be great.
Brent Champaco December 28, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Nice! That would be a great anchor...
Brent Champaco December 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Another great anchor. I'm sure other businesses would want to follow suit ...
Brent Champaco December 28, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Something the area doesn't have. Great idea...
Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. December 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Crate & Barrel, William Somoma, Kohl's, Christopher & Banks, Talbots or Whole Foods. I would LOVE to any of these businesses come to Pierce County !!!
Chris Webber December 29, 2012 at 05:43 AM
I am not sure what the volume of traffic is at that location, but I am sure it is in the tens of thousand per day. If it were some kind of destination retailer such as Costco, Whole Foods, etc, I am sure they could easily draw enough customers to make it viable. For that matter one of these retailers needs to go into the old QFC in the Colonial Center.
S A December 29, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I suspect that the store would need a complete makeover, top to bottom. I doubt any major repairs have been done for many years. The parking lot floods in the wintertime. Driving in or out of the lot can be a major hassle. Have you tried it lately? Other than the post office next door, there isn't much reason to pull into that location.
Cynthia Powell December 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Indoor/outdoor farmers market!
your neighbor December 31, 2012 at 03:29 PM
A Day Care!
your neighbor December 31, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I like that Idea to! No Swapmeet Crap Just a good ole farmers Market
your neighbor December 31, 2012 at 03:32 PM
You are 100% right but it would make a great daycare Police and fire dept behind building and YMCA.........it off the main road etc......
Cynthia Powell December 31, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I did try contacting K-Mart about a possible indoor/outdoor farmers market, but know one ever returned my telephone calls! If anyone has a contact name and number I am more then happy to try again! I think it would be a great location. And I have a lot of my vendor friend who would be happy to start a new outdoor vendor run farmers market. 5 year plan: indoor/outdoor market!
your neighbor December 31, 2012 at 04:07 PM
i would love to be a vendor there to........go to city Hall 2nd Floor City Planner he'll give you all your info and also at Pierce County Annex you can get that information it is public info.............
Howard Johnson December 31, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Not a big box store, since there is not much parking, maybe a specialty store or parts store.
Debbie Billingsley December 31, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Khols is a good idea but the idea of a whole foods market or something like Metropolitain Market might be good also.
Joyce Morones December 31, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Khol's, or Dick's Sporting Goods. I think there is good parking there. We need to fill the old Gottchalk's, GI Joe's and QFC building's as well. Does anyone know if our Economic Development Department has been working with any of these people?
Deidre Perez Norris December 31, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Home Depot. I know Lowe's is next door, but I would love a HD closer.
grannymona December 31, 2012 at 08:02 PM
This would be a great location for the Lakes Area Foodbank...accessible to bus service...large enough for other services....
Chris Webber December 31, 2012 at 08:13 PM
While there is a great deal of convenience and potential revenue from a Big Box stores, clearly they are not viable here in Lakewood. At least not in the current economy. As Joyce pointed out we have lost Gottchalk's, GI Joe's, QFC and now K-Mart. These businesses don't just shut down on a whim. They crunch the numbers. While I like that Lowe's is very close and convenient I would not have any issue driving a couple more miles for that. I personally would like to see the city promoting more small local businesses. That is one of the reasons I moved to Lakewood was the small town sense. There is a locovore movement going on right now across the country. I say we promote our local producers and retailers and give them the opportunity to grow. I am working on establishing a winery here in the city and would relish the idea of putting a tasting room in this location.
Dorrine Perez December 31, 2012 at 08:22 PM
We just need to have all the empty buildings filled and liven lakewood up!!!!!
Karen Claire December 31, 2012 at 09:40 PM
If nothing else goes in there WalMart will take it! They are now building across from Target on Union Ave! Kmart left because the land owners wanted to double the leasing fee! Bad business! Lets make it a very nice park for families! Karen
maritza December 31, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Costco is a good one. But Kohls is also a good one cause there is no Kohls around Lakewood. Any of the two work for me.
Locked n Loaded December 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM
No stores like BnI or Tacoma discount. Those stores look pretty dirty already. We need something that will make the area brighter n cleaner. Those buildings are already pretty old and dirty looking. We already hear enough from surrounding areas that Lakewood is turning into a ghetto... LMAO a ghetto. I would have to say these guys have not been in very many ghettos in there life time. We just need to clean up the appearance of certain spots of Lakewood. Make it more appealing to the eye and to other potential businesses. Skating rink or family fun center of sorts would be ideal. Only thing is cost and keeping people interested.
Sharon Bosser December 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Lakewood needs a "big box" fabric store like JoAnn's Fabric...Shirbori Dragon is now only an on line store. The nearest is the Tacoma Mall. Would be no competition with any of the stores in the Towne Center. Michael's stopped selling fabric when they moved from the Industrial Center to the Towne Center. As a "sewist" this would be wonderful.
Dane Ferrell January 01, 2013 at 01:22 AM
A local business, that created local job, and paid living wages,which would keep money in the local economy,which large chain retailers do not do.
Michael Parks January 01, 2013 at 01:26 AM
No Walmart!!! Kohl's would be good for the Towne Center; would love to have a Costco closer than the one-hour round trip it takes me now. But I'd also like to see a number of unique shops placed there as well, to make Lakewood less of the junkyard it is now for big boxes, chains and franchises.
Lucile Summerlin January 01, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Hobby Lobby is a great store that I always buy things from when in the Boise, Idaho area. Use the garden center area for local businesses to get a start. Costco and Walmart are good, but the area needs something new.
Cynthia Powell January 04, 2013 at 12:54 AM
I don't see any stores like Kohl's/Costco coming to Lakewood! If K-Mart can't make it here. I really think an indoor-outdoor farmers market would be great in that spot. Then there would be entertainment for families and fresh produce!
Sherry Benic January 05, 2013 at 07:56 PM
The story would be an ideal site for Fish Food Banks of Pierce County: plenty of parking, plenty of storage; and the Food Bank has outgrown their current space at the United Methodist Church on Steilacoom Blvd. Perhaps Lakewood merchants could be moved to support this possibility for our community's welfair.
Ellen M March 06, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Please ... no Walmart! No "Big Box." Would love to have a farmers market and, as a location for the FISH bank, it would great. I doubt they could afford it however. Love to see roller or ice skating and/or children's playgroung w/cafe and wifi. Great ideas!


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