Arlans, you remember Arlans, don’t you? Arlans was a department store chain that started in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1945.
The chain grew and spread to multiple states. In April 1970, Arlans opened a new store along Birney Ave in Moosic. They already had two other stores in the area – Wilkes-Barre Twp. and Edwardsville.
Arlans time in our area was short lived. In May 1973, Arlans’ parent company filed for bankruptcy. By July, they announced that they would be closing stores.
A year later in September 1974, S.S. Kresge Co. signed leases to the spaces that once housed Alrans in Moosic, Edwardsville and Wilkes-Barre Twp. Kresge would open KMarts in those spaces by November. These three KMarts would join the KMart that was opened on the Scranton-Carbondale Highway in October 1973.
Today, the Scranton-Carbondale Highway Kmart is currently having a liquidation sale and is expected to be closed by the end of the month. The KMarts in Edwardsville, Moosic and Wilkes-Barre Twp. are still open.
Update Nov. 3, 2017 – The Sears Holdings Company announced yesterday another round of KMart and Sears closing. The KMart in Moosic is slated to close in early 2018.
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