Kmart celebrates 50th anniversary of first store

Garden City plans grand celebration

Published On: Apr 21 2012 07:06:10 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 21 2012 11:45:46 PM EDT
Garden City, MICH. -

Kmart celebrated a major milestone Saturday, when its first store ever celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The festivities were held in the store's parking lot at Ford and Middlebelt in Garden City.

The Kmart in Garden City has been the only workplace for Peggy Dubay of Westland.
The 42-year employee recalled that her mother encouraged her to apply when she was still a student at Wayne Memorial High School.
Dubay, who now works as a human resources manager, said she expects her

work career will end at that Kmart.

David George, regional vice president for Kmart in the Great Lakes region, said that he is "extremely proud to have the opportunity to celebrate this momentous occasion right here where it all started in Garden City."
Garden City Mayor Randy Walker has invited everyone to attend the event Saturday. Kmart's roots date back to 1899, when Sebastian S. Kresge founded the S.S. Kresge Co. The first Kmart store opened in Garden City in 1962 and in 1977 the S.S. Kresge Corp. was renamed the Kmart Corp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FESTIVITIES AND FANFARE WERE HELD IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE STORE NEAR FORD AND MIDDLEBELT THIS AFTERNOON.
THE GARDEN CITY LOCATION IS ACTUALLY THE FIRST K-MART IN THE WORLD.
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VISITORS HAD A CHANCE TO ENJOY A CLASSIC CAR SHOW, GIVEAWAYS, AND FOOD.
EVEN A GROUP OF GREYHOUND DOGS WERE THERE.
THE FIRST STORE OPENED IN GARDEN CITY IN 19-62.