Huge Kmart closure stuns shoppers

From Air Fryers to clothing, Anko sell a wide variety of products in Kmart Australia stores.

But now the successful brand is being closed in the US, leaving many Aussie fans worried about the future for Kmart here.

Fans of  the Australian chainstore will already know that Anko products make up a massive part of all the stock sold in Kmart.

And it is worrying that the brand will no longer exist in America - a huge market. 

Certainly, this sounds like bad news for Kmart fans, who are already outraged at the lack of stock currently on sale in Kmart.

But a spokesperson for the chainstore has assured shoppers they will notice no changes to their Kmart Australia experience. 

On June 9, Anko released a statement saying its US operations would be closing “immediately”.

They said, “Regretfully we will be permanently closing our Anko stores including Anko.com, effective immediately.

“We will continue to fulfil all online orders that have been placed prior to 11.59pm on Sunday, June 7 and make them available at your chosen pick up location.

“Due to recent demand, please allow 3-5 days for your order to be made available. You will receive an email confirmation from us once your order is ready for pick up.”

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But Kmart told 7NEWS.com.au that the news is irrelevent to Kmart fans in Australia. The Anko brand actually belongs to Kmart and they have simply decided to close the US part of their business. 

"Over the past 18 months or so we have been operating a few small format stores in the US called Anko (named after our own brand label because we cannot operate as Kmart in the US),” the Kmart spokesperson said.

“Anko is in fact our own private label and sold in the US as an extension to our store network.

“Our intention for Anko from the outset was to have a test and learn environment where we could develop retail innovation using new technologies and apply learnings that could be rolled out in Australia in a smaller format."

Kmart fans are currently worried about  their favourite Australian chainstore.

Shelves have been emptying for weeks and while the store are quick to allay any concerns - fully stocked stores won't be seen until July. 

Also read: Kmart reveals the real reason why there's no stock on shelves. 

One Kmart shopper, Danielle Church, said, "I hope this doesn't mean more bad news for us Kmart fans. Everything in my kitchen is made my Anko - let's hope we still see it on shelves."

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