Shoppers crowd into stores on Black Friday

The Legends Outlets parking lot near 106th and Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas, was crowded at midday Friday.
Holding a Kmart sign on Black Friday at 78th and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Walmart parking lot near 108th and Parallel Parkway was crowded at midday Friday.
Shoppers walked into The Legends Outlets from the parking garage at midday Friday. While the parking lot looked full, there were parking places available in the parking garage.
Traffic was stacked up from I-435 and State Avenue to 106th and State, where cars turned to go into The Legends Outlets, on Friday at midmorning.
A line stretched from 106th and Parallel east to I-435 as cars waited to enter The Legends Outlets at midday Friday.

Santa to arrive Saturday at Cabela’s

Cabela’s in Kansas City, Kansas, will offer a Santa’s Wonderland with games and activities for children. Santa will arrive at the store at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. (Photo from Cabela’s)

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Cabela’s, 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas.

After arriving in front of the store in a boat, Santa Claus will participate in a tree lighting ceremony. Then Santa will open the Santa’s Wonderland section inside the Cabela’s store.

A number of free activities, including crafts and games for the family, are planned through 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wonderland area. The area will include remote control trucks, a laser-foam toy arcade and Lincoln Logs building area, among other games. Hot chocolate and cookies are planned.

There are also free photos with Santa Claus, and free visits with Santa.

Santa’s Wonderland will run through Dec. 24 at Cabela’s. Santa will appear daily, and a schedule will be posted at the Cabela’s store.

KCK Kmart store on closing list

A Kmart store at 7836 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will close by the end of the year, according to an announcement today by Sears Holdings.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Kmart store at 7836 State Ave. is on a closing list announced today by Sears Holdings.

About 142 stores nationwide are on the list to close near the end of the year, according to the announcement. The owner, Sears Holding Co., is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

These stores are in addition to a previously announced closure of 46 stores that is expected to be completed by November 2018.

Liquidation sales at the stores are expected, according to the announcement.

The number of employees affected at the Kansas City, Kansas, store is not available, according to a spokesman. A manager at the local store did not have a comment.

A Kmart store at 7100 N.W. Prairie View Road in Kansas City, Missouri, also is on the closing list announced today.

A Salina, Kansas, Kmart store also was on the closing list, along with Kmarts in Florissant, Missouri, and St. Joseph, Missouri.

The closing list also included some Sears stores throughout the nation, none in Kansas and Missouri.

The Kmart store at 78th and State, one of the busiest intersections in Kansas City, Kansas, is up to date on paying its property taxes of $113,391 and it has an appraised value of $2.8 million, according to the UG’s real estate tax information.

A Sears Holdings news release today stated that the company and some of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sears Holdings stated that it is taking a series of actions to establish a sustainable capital structure, continue streamlining its operating model and grow profitably for the long term.

The company intends to continue to pay employee wages and benefits, honor member programs and pay vendors and suppliers as usual, according to the news release. The company’s loyalty programs are expected to continue, according to the news release.

Kmart and Sears plan to remain open through the holiday season, according to the news release.

The company reorganization will include the smaller-store concept, according to the news release.

The news release stated Sears Holdings is in discussions with ESL Investments, Inc. on a stalking horse bid for the purchase of a large portion of the company’s store base.