Kmart was created in 1899 as Kresge's (alternatively known as The S.S. Kresge Company).
The S.S. Kresge Company
During this time two "S.S. KRESGE CO." logos were used. Even though the Futura font didn't exist until 1936, when both logos were placed in the respective order.
This is the final SS Kresge Logo. Although the company opened the first Kmart store in 1962, the company name remained the same. In 1962 S.S. Kresge announced that the company will rename itself as Kmart Corporation. The last of the SS Kresge stores were sold off in September 1990.
- https://searsholdings.com/about/kmart/kmart-history). The "SSK" logo remained in mostly internal use such as on price tags into the 21st century.
In 1962, The S.S. Kresge Company opened its first Kmart stores. This logo would be used in tandem with the logo below until it was phased out somewhere in 1969/1970. The logo would also be used on signage up until the early 1990's.
The company's longest lasting logo, in use for over two decades.
This logo was introduced in September 1990. It is still seen at many older Kmart stores and on Kmart Express.
2002-2016 (prototype, select locations only)
This logo was only used at five prototype locations. Four in the Peoria, IL area (Peoria, Pekin, Morton and Washington) as well as White Lake, MI. The name of the city would be displayed alongside or under this logo. The colors were changed as well using grey and lime colors.
This logo was finally discontinued with the closure of the Morton Kmart in 2016.
In 2004, Kmart acquired Sears to become Sears Holding Corporation and created a new logo, and most of the Big and Super Kmart stores were rebranded as simply 'Kmart' while keeping their features.
Two alternate versions of this logo exist, one used on many locations removes the lowercase K (often replacing it with the larger K at the top) and another removes the large K at the top, however this was only used at three locations, the first being in Redlands, California.
- For other related logos and images see: Kmart (United States)/Other