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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.

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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