Discount department store Kmart is turning its stores into makeshift distribution centres as demand for its products continues to soar.
Kmart has temporarily closed three of its stores in Queensland, NSW and Victoria to convert them into fulfilment centres as online orders skyrocket.
The trial involves the Brandon Park store in Victoria, Top Ryde in New South Wales and Caboolture store in Queensland.
All other Kmart stores will remain open as usual as an essential service, with the move affecting only three stores of 240 across the nation.
The three stores will be converted into ‘dark stores’ and be closed to the public but still operating to fulfil online orders for home delivery.
“We’ve made the decision to temporarily convert a few of our stores into order fulfilment sites to help support the growing demand for our online home delivery services,” A Kmart spokesperson said.
“Our store teams will continue working instore, as part of this fulfilment team; ensuring that our Kmart customers and communities have easy access to the products they need, at the time they need them most.”
Kmart has already been trialling the concept at its Brandon Park store in Victoria and is now beginning operation at Top Ryde in NSW and Caboolture in Queensland.
Kmart is owned by retailing conglomerate Wesfarmers, who also has interests in Australia’s major retailers including Bunnings, Coles and Officeworks.
The department store is offering free delivery for orders over $45.