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After more than 40 years of operation, Kmart closes its doors in Beckley

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BECKLEY, WV (WVVA) -

The last vestige of a once-proud retail giant is now gone in southern West Virginia.

The Beckley Kmart, which has served the community for more than four decades, closed Sunday afternoon.

Kmart's closure means 61 employees have begun searching for their next opportunity, some of those positions lost are full-time. Those employees are now looking for jobs with benefits like health insurance.

Kmart opened in Beckley on July 1, 1977, years before Walmart or any other big box retailer arrived.

Now, the nearest Kmart still in operation is located in Kanawha City, just south of Charleston.

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