REVEALED: What the ‘K’ in Kmart stands for

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We would never have guessed!

Given the amount of time we spend roaming Kmart’s aisles, it’s a bit weird that we’ve never thought about what the ‘K’ represents.

The retail chain has told that “officially” the ‘K’ doesn’t stand for anything but the U.S. company’s founder was named Sebastian Spering Kresge.

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So, the letter represents the founder, who died three years before the first Kmart store opening in Australia.

This got us thinking about what the letters in other brands mean.

“The Big W chain grew from Woolworths’ original ‘Variety’ stores, which carried a small range of general merchandise products. Big W’s name is a reflection of the close relationship the brand has with Woolworths Supermarkets,” according to a company rep.

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And the ALDI name is a combination of the founder’s last name (Albrecht) and the word “discount”.

Well, there you go!


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