Given the plight of Sears Holdings, I am curious to hear from employees at any of our Hawaiian Sears and Kmart locations. Being our most lucrative locations (whether owned or leased), are the mass hour cuts, stockroom "phaseout," electronics section removal, store manager burn-out, and 5+ years of no raises experienced on the mainland also experienced by our counterparts in "Paradise"?
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Hi OP. I am a 10+ year Kmart veteran who relocated to O'ahu this week. While not needing a second job, I still requested a transfer to the Honolulu Kmart - there are three Kmarts on the island. When I arrived, I visited the Honolulu store's HR to discover that a "Hourly Employee Transfer" form had not been sent from my original store. While meeting with HR, I called my old store to relay this fact and was promised it would be taken care of today. When received, the Honolulu HR promised to meet with the store manager to decide if I would be accepted or if I would have to re-apply (at minimum wage ($8.50)). If I don't hear back by noon on Friday, I will call Honolulu to learn my status. If I must re-apply then I am finished with Sears Holdings - I'm taking my 401k and walking.
As for my impression of the Honolulu store itself, it is easily 5x the size of my old Big Kmart with plenty of staff (including a greeter, two Little Caesar's associates, another two associates at a second eating establishment, a uniformed custodian, multiple checkers, and countless associates wandering the floor). For the size, the member footprint seemed light, but the store is next to a grocery store, whose prices seemed competitive (if not lower) than similar items at the Kmart. Still, the store is very clean, well-lit, and one doesn't have to travel far before bumping into an associate. Such is the exact opposite reality of my former store (not that it is that store's fault - it just receives way too much freight and doesn't have the salary budget that island stores(?) are permitted.
Any employees outside the mainland want to share their prosperity (or despair) with the rest of us?
Guam has the largest Kmart in the world... and Virgin Islands is nothing to sniff at...