Kmart was Bismarck’s first modern-day discount department store when it opened in October 1971. It underwent minor renovation in 1996 upon taking on the Big K format. At one time, it was one of the most profitable stores in the entire chain.
Unlike many Kmarts, the K Cafe still operates inside the store, despite that a McDonalds and Arby’s sit in the store’s parking lot, and Burger King across the street – although the Little Caeser’s line was discontinued a few years ago.
The store was one of the first businesses to open north of Interstate 94, and sparked rapid development nearby, along with Gateway Mall, which opened eight years later.
The north side of Bismarck’s Kmart originally housed a grocery story, National Food Store (AKA National Tea Company), which later became Dan’s Supervalu until 1980. That space has since been overtaken by Kmart.
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