Call for Kmart brings community together

RALLYING: Consumers in Bathurst are pushing for Kmart to consider opening a store in the city.
RALLYING: Consumers in Bathurst are pushing for Kmart to consider opening a store in the city.

CONSUMERS in Bathurst believe Kmart would bring more competition, better prices and more variety, if it opened up in the city.

The push for the discount retailer to consider Bathurst is gaining momentum, with one Facebook Page, Bring Kmart to Bathurst, reaching almost 1000 likes just days after it was established. 

Kenzie Hunt, the woman behind the Facebook Page, said she set it up a week ago and never imagined the page would take off like it has.

“I’m so shocked, Bathurst is such a great community the way it bands together,” she said. “When I put the page up I thought I’d get a couple of friends like it, but everyone is getting behind it, I think it shows people really want the store here.”

Kenzie, who moved to Bathurst a few years ago from Newcastle said she thinks there’s room for another department store in the city.

She said she, like hundreds of other people, travel to Orange to shop at Kmart, but believes the local economy is strong enough for the city to support its own Kmart.

“What they sell is different from Target and Big W, Kmart stock has more flair and funkiness,” she said.

When the Western Advocate posted a story on social media on Sunday, it attracted an enormous response; 311 shares and over 350 comments, and the message was crystal clear. The people of Bathurst want Kmart to come to the city.

Kmart said in a statement last week while it had “no firm plans” to open a store in Bathurst, it was a possibility in the future.