Nearly a year ago, Hurricane Irma slammed into the Virgin Islands with a vengeance, ripping apart everything in its path, followed by weeks of torrential rain. Tutu Park was one of the hardest hit areas on the island of St. Thomas closing businesses including the island’s beloved Kmart, the second largest store in the format.
The 106,000-square-foot space was completely gutted and the necessary overhaul began. Associates pitched in to help with the clean-up and leadership transferred most of the staff to work at other locations.
Finally, the day came for celebration! After many long months, Kmart at Tutu Park Mall reopened its doors post-Irma last week. “As promised, I am delighted that we have reopened Kmart Tutu Park for our deserving members, following the devastation of Hurricane Irma last year,” said Gareth Glynne, Head of Retail Services for Sears and Kmart. “The teams were amazing and have worked tirelessly to get the store rebuilt and ready for business.”
Customers streamed in, filling their carts with everything from electronics to cleaning supplies. The floor plan is laid out a bit differently to make shopping fun, easier and more convenient for customers. The very popular appliance section has been expanded and even a few new items were added.
The pharmacy area was also enhanced to allow for a much needed injection room where pharmacists can administer immunizations.
“This store is a jewel in Kmart’s portfolio and we are happy to have it back in the family. We’re here, we’re back and we’re better and stronger than ever,” Glynne said.