For the first time in the company's history, Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM) will salute the men and women who defend American values and show its thanks by extending a special discount to military personnel and their families during a special holiday shopping weekend, Dec. 8 and 9.
Throughout the Kmart "Military Appreciation Weekend," active and reserve military personnel, retirees and their families will receive a 10 percent discount on eligible merchandise at more than 2,100 Kmart stores and Super Kmart Centers nationwide.
"Holiday seasons are a time to reflect, a time to give thanks and a special time to be close to our families and friends, yet this year many military families will be separated," said Charles C. Conaway, Kmart Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Kmart joins all Americans in recognizing our service men and women who defend the values that we all hold so dear, and we want to publicly express our gratitude for the sacrifices they make."
To receive the special discount, Armed Forces' families need to show a Kmart "Military Appreciation Weekend" shopping pass sent to their homes or bases. Military identification cards also can be used to obtain a shopping pass at all Kmart locations.
Kmart, which began as the S.S. Kresge Company, has been serving the American people for 102 years. Today, 85 percent of the U.S. population is within 15 miles of a Kmart and stores are located near all domestic military bases.
"Many of our associates are part of military families themselves and proudly serve or have served in our Armed Forces," added Conaway. "In times like this, we must all support one another and come together as one American family."
The Kmart "Military Appreciation Weekend" will be highlighted in a special message from Conaway in full-page ads on Dec. 5 in USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Kmart Corporation is a near-$40 billion company that serves all 50 states, the Caribbean Islands and Asia Pacific with more than 2,100 Kmart and Kmart SuperCenter retail outlets. Kmart gives back to the communities it serves through Leaders in Learning, an aggressive corporate giving and community outreach initiative focused on supporting diverse education programs and promoting lifelong learning. Kmart associates also provide their most valuable resource -- time -- every day in their local communities. More information about Kmart is available at the company's e-commerce shopping site http://www.bluelight.com/ under the "About Kmart" section.
SOURCE: Kmart Corporation
Contact: Dawn Orzel of Kmart Corporation, +1-248-463-6262