K-mart, the nation’s largest retailer, announced it would shut down for good Thursday.
The company had more than 8,000 stores in Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
It said the decision was made as a result of the outcome of the presidential election.
“K-Mart will be closing its doors in the next few weeks to address the challenges that we’ve seen in our communities as a community and a company,” K-Star CEO Paul S. Kuehner said in a statement.
K-Star is a chain of convenience stores that began in the 1970s in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
K-star stores were one of the first in the nation to offer a full-service grocery store, but the chain lost a $100 million lawsuit in the 1980s and has since struggled to find buyers.
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump attacked K-Store and said he would build a “big, beautiful, great K-store.”
Trump has since changed his tune.
He said K-Marts had to close as a precaution to keep him safe from possible threats.
Since its inception, K-marts have opened in cities including Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and St. Louis, Missouri.
Trump’s win, along with the November election results, prompted K- stores to begin shutting down in other cities.
Some K- store stores closed in the U.S. in the last few weeks.