There's an Australian department store called Kmart that has nothing to do with the American store - here's what it's like to shop there
- There is a popular
retailchain in Australia called Kmart, and it's unrelated to the American company of the same name.
- Despite having the same name and similar branding, the two stores have nothing to do with each other.
- I'm an American living in Sydney, Australia, and I recently visited an Australian Kmart to see what it was like inside.
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In the United States, Kmart is on its last legs.
The only problem? The two department stores have nothing to do with each other.
Few Americans are likely aware that Kmart has a doppelganger in the land Down Under. As it turns out, an Australian chain called Kmart sports the same name and practically the same "red K" branding as the once beloved American retailer, yet the two companies are completely unrelated.
This Australian Kmart, owned by the conglomerate Wesfarmers Limited, operates 231 department stores across the continent. The chain once had a licensing agreement with the Sears Holdings Corporation allowing it to use the store's name, but in 2017, the Australian company acquired the brand name in the region for $100 million, according to its annual report.
Interestingly, Wesfarmers is the same company behind Target - the Australian retailer that, just like Kmart, has nothing to do with the American store bearing the same name and nearly identical branding.
Here's what it was like inside Australia's version of a Kmart.