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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.
This is the final S.S. Kresge logo; although the company opened the first Kmart store in 1962, their company name remained the same. In 1977, S.S. Kresge announced that the company would rename itself as Kmart Corporation. The last S.S. 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 first Kmart stores were opened. This logo would be used in tandem with the logo below until it was phased out somewhere in 1969 and 1970. The logo would also be used on signage up until the early 1990s.
The company's longest lasting logo, in use for over two decades.
This logo was introduced in September 1990, is still seen at many older Kmart stores and on Kmart Express until 2017.
This logo was only used at five prototype locations; four in the Peoria, Illinois area (Peoria, Pekin, Morton and Washington) as well as White Lake, Michigan. The name of the city would be displayed alongside or under this logo, with the colors being changed as well using grey and lime colors.
This logo was finally shut down 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' whilst keeping their features. This logo is not used on any new stores, as the last new-built Kmart opened in 2002, before its bankruptcy. This was also used for stores that were formerly Sears Essentials and Sears Grand stores.