Waller Mill Road Kmart closes

Staff writer

Following a months-long clearance sale, the Kmart on 118 Waller Mill Road joined hundreds of other locations across the country owned by parent company Sears Holdings when it closed its doors earlier this week.

The big-box retailer occupied a 165,181-square-foot storefront in York County’s Kingsgate Green shopping center, according to the county’s property information system. The local Kmart closed last Monday, a store representative said.

The store opened in June 1985, York County Economic Development Director Jim Noel said in an email.

“We are already working on strategies to backfill the space, but I don’t have anything definitive to share at this point,” he wrote.

The Waller Mill Road Kmart was among 142 unprofitable Kmart and Sears stores that were to be closed by the end of last year, according to a company news release issued last October. As part of that release, the company also announced its plan to enter into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to consolidate and restructure its business.

Since the October bankruptcy announcement, four other Kmart and Sears stores across the state have either closed or been announced to close in coming months, including the nearby Sears department store on 100 Newmarket Fair Mall in Hampton.

“We thank our vendors for their continuing support through the upcoming season and beyond,” said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and former CEO in the October news release. “We also thank our associates for their hard work and commitment to providing millions of Americans with value and convenience.”

Toano-based entertainment company Signature DJs was selected as a 2019 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings awards and the 2019 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award.

Wedding planning websites The Knot and WeddingWire recently released their annual lists of the top wedding vendors listed on their websites, both compiled by aggregating customer reviews from the past year. According to a news release, The Knot analyzed millions of user reviews across categories including venues, musicians, florists, photographers and caterers to find the best vendors of the year.

"Not only are these hardworking and distinguished wedding professionals, such as Signature DJs, a fundamental part of the wedding planning process for engaged couples, but they help make WeddingWire a trusted source for wedding planning,” WeddingWire CEO Timothy Chi said in the release.

Area native and lifelong musician Brandon Frazier said he started as a DJ at area clubs, but soon discovered his passion for performing and weddings and private events. He said he founded Signature DJs two and a half years ago with the goal of bringing unforgettable shows to people on the most important day of their lives.

“I named the company Signature DJs for a reason; your signature is unique to you, nobody else can take your signature, it’s yours,” he said. “I wanted people to feel like their wedding was theirs and I wanted them to feel like… it wasn’t just a cookie-cutter show with the same old light wedding songs and play the same old things.”

Frazier said his company has performed at events as far as Vermont and as south as the Carolinas, and offers lighting services along with digitally projected monograms and music remixes.

“I’m always trying to push the envelope to find innovative lighting and new concepts to help make their weddings more fun,” he said. “I stopped club DJ-ing because I love making people happy and I love doing weddings, so it’s definitely a labor of love.”

For more information about Signature DJs, visit: www.signaturedjs.net.

» Area real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced a number of new and renewed leases in the Greater Williamsburg area:

» SVT Robotics leased 4,008 square feet in New Town at Monticello Avenue and Ironbound Road. Drew Haynie and Wick Smith handled the lease negotiations.

» Home and Turf, Inc. renewed its lease of 2,565 square feet at 1574 Penniman Road. Clay Culbreth, CCIM, SIOR handled the lease negotiations.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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