Hastings and KMart will close in Abilene by the end of the year, while Jo-Ann’s fabric store and a neighborhood Walmart opened in October.
The Hastings chain declared bankruptcy this summer, and the Abilene store, located on S. 14th street, will close officially Oct. 31. The store has sales up to 90 percent off items including DVDs, CDs, books, t-shirts and more.
Kmart, located at Pioneer Drive and S. 1st, will close by mid-December, as one of 64 stores closing nationwide, according to USA Today. The store began liquidation sales Sept. 22, and the pharmacy will close Oct. 20.
Jo-Ann’s fabric store opened Oct. 13 in the former location of Hancock Fabrics on Clack St. The store sells fabric and other craft supplies 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
A Walmart Neighborhood Market opened on Ambler Ave. Oct. 12. Located on the old University Baptist Church property, this store features a pharmacy, groceries and a fuel station.
Tea2Go will open a new north side location on East North 10th Street next to Papa Murphy’s. Valerie Burnett, owner of Tea2Go, said the store will be in the front of the building with Hashi, a Japanese steakhouse, opening in the back. She said the store will have a drive through and will be open by the end of the year or beginning of next year. The south side location on Catclaw Dr. currently serves many north side clients, Burnett said, so she wanted to open a location on the north side of town.