Scenes from a 1970s Kmart

Like many of you, the heyday of department stores and discount stores is still filled with warm feelings of nostalgia. So imagine my delight in stumbling across these photographs taken at a Kmart sometime in the 1970s. I have little other information to go on here — no year or location. But perhaps one of my eagle-eyed readers can discern both from some clues in these pics. What they show is a very busy Kmart somewhere (presumably) in the western United States. All I know is that the store — located right next to a Safeway — was packed that day and people were really into the yarn.

Enjoy!

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  • Noneya Business

    Sorry about the usernqme–I don’t like Google watching me, but I have an Android phone (I may just go back to landline only; they don’t spy!) Definitely NorCal–Safeway is NorCal branding; in SoCal (like LA) they’re called Von’s.

    With nothing but mountain in the distance, I wonder if it’s San Leandro or the Tri-Valley, but I wasn’t in CA until the early 2000s, and I only stayed in the Bay Area before moving to LA county in 2015, so I have no idea.

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  • Bert_Bauer

    This must have been before (or maybe after) they had signs with awesome graphics hanging over the various departments. Nice shots!

  • personnext

    Looks like California with the yellow car license plates. CA plates were yellow in the 70s. Maybe Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley based on the mountains in the background.

    • personnext

      actually, though, probably northern. Don’t think Safeway brand name was used in SoCal

    • Leez Nuts

      CA plates were yellow on blue all through the ’70’s. Those plates match Arizona plates of the time, green on yellow.

  • I’m thinking about 1974-5. That Malibu is a 75 if I recall correctly. Nice shot of the Safeway, too.