This is the Kmart store at 3975 Columbia Ave. in West Hempfield Township.

Update Nov. 12, 2019

Ephrata Kmart to close by February 2020 leaving 2 in Lancaster County; Lebanon store also will go dark

Posted Sept. 3, 2019

One of the four remaining Kmart stores in Lancaster County is scheduled to close by mid-December.

“After careful review, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close the Kmart store in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania," company spokesman Larry Costello said in an email. "The liquidation sale is expected to begin in mid-September and the store is planned to close by mid-December. We encourage customers to continue shopping on for all their product needs.”

Costello did not answer a question about how many employees the store has. LNP records show that location at 1605 S. Market St. opened in late 1993 and that its 94,000 square feet nearly doubled the size of the nearby store it replaced, which had opened in 1982.

At the time, Kmart said it expected to hire 65 additional employees for the new location that was to anchor a nine-store strip mall, along with Weis Markets and Thrift Drug.

The confirmation comes as USA Today reported that the company will close about 100 stores across the country by mid-December, and published a list of 11 Pennsylvania locations that included Elizabethtown.

The other three local Kmarts, which were not on the list of locations to be closed, are in Columbia, Ephrata and Willow Street.

Two previous Kmart stores in Lancaster closed in recent years. The Kmart on Fruitville Pike shut in March 2017. The Kmart in East Towne Center went dark in May 2015.

From January 2019