COUNCIL BLUFFS — The blue light special has died.

The Council Bluffs Kmart officially closed over the weekend, while a not-so-distant neighbor apparently has plans to move into the space left behind.

The store, at 2803 East Kanesville Boulevard, was marked with “Closed” signs on the doors Monday. But there was activity at the building as movers stacked shelves and retail racks onto trucks.

The parent company for Sears and Kmart announced in October 2018 that the Council Bluffs location was one of 142 that would close.

The closures come as the company filed for bankruptcy. Hundreds of Sears and Kmart locations had already closed in 2018.

Liquidation sales followed in the weeks after the announcement.

It was also announced that two other Kmart locations in Iowa — in Cherokee and Webster City — were closing.

On Monday, an employee with Bomgaars in Council Bluffs — just west of the ex-Kmart store — said Bomgaars intends to move into the Kmart space.

When the move will happen was not clear, the employee said.

Kathy Genrich, manager at Kmart, said Bomgaars had hired some of her employees after the closure.

“We’re still packing up, but it’s going smooth,” she said, as row upon row of empty shelves, once filled with goods, were bare, awaiting to be dismantled.

A Bluffs woman drove up to Kmart and, when told the store was closed, seemed sad.

“I bought all my shoes there. I bought six pairs, but I thought they would be open a bit longer,” she said. “What a shame.”

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