Not really that long ago, but so much has changed.
New competition got stronger in the Kmart lane. Specifically Walmart and Target. Amazon came along and we buy so much more online than five years ago.
And of course, after Kmart Bangor closed, the remaining store’s announcements which always began
Attention Kmart Shoppers
were about Covid precautions. Who knows how Kmart would have weathered the pandemic which affected retail sales in a major way?
If you still don’t agree with Rain Man, the three remaining Kmart locations are in Westwood, New Jersey.
Bridgehampton, New York ...
And here comes a Kmart employee with the prop, and the announcement of
another flashing Blue Light special
The General Stores Of Downeast Maine
These are the long-time general stores that are spread throughout downeast Maine. The stores that your grandparents picked up milk, beer, and that night's dinner at. For years they had been filled with things like fly paper, clothes, beef jerky, and that morning's newspaper. Now, you stop by for that slice of breakfast pizza, a tasty fried chicken sandwich for lunch, gas,and a handful of lottery tickets.
They're an important part of Maine's heritage, and their numbers are starting to dwindle. But we still frequent them to pick up the day's necessities and to keep up on town gossip.
They may not be owned by the original owners, and they may not look the same as they did years and years ago. But that same hometown feeling is there, the minute you set foot on their wooden floors. More than likely the same wooden floors that your grandparents set foot on.
25 Unique Stores for Maine Foodies
From The County to Southern Maine to the Eastern most points, you will find a great variety of unique foods from Maine small businesses. Here are 25 such small businesses bringing their own flavor to the Maine foodie scene.