Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Brainards, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Brainards, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
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We will start the 2022 football season by offering up a gentle warning about trusting first impressions.We are wise to not judge a book by its cover and we also should never jump to conclusions about a team’s potential based upon its opening drive of a season.Scotch Plains-Fanwood looked like a rudderless mess on its first five snaps of the contest, three of which were whistled for penalties starting at its own 2-yard line, and the fifth an errant hike out of the end zone that gave North Plainfield a quick two-point lead....
We will start the 2022 football season by offering up a gentle warning about trusting first impressions.
We are wise to not judge a book by its cover and we also should never jump to conclusions about a team’s potential based upon its opening drive of a season.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood looked like a rudderless mess on its first five snaps of the contest, three of which were whistled for penalties starting at its own 2-yard line, and the fifth an errant hike out of the end zone that gave North Plainfield a quick two-point lead.
But the Raiders would promptly wipe away the jittery rust of that first possession and look more like a well-oiled machine behind the play of speedy senior running back Anthony Tittanegro making his first varsity start, and steady-handed senior quarterback Weston Fischer.
Tittanegro carried 18 times for 186 yards and one touchdown and he also caught a scoring pass from Fischer, who threw for 157 yards and three TDs and ran once for a score to direct their Raiders to a 38-16 win over North Plainfield in a cross-divisional Big Central Conference clash Friday night at Perry Tyson Field in Scotch Plains.
“We just had to keep up our confidence, keep moving (after the first drive). Bad plays happen in football and they did there,” Fischer said. “you just have to keep pushing through it.”
Scotch Plains did just that with a hard-hitting defense that limited North Plainfield to just 31 total yards for the first two quarters after spotting the Canucks two points, and with an industrious offensive line firing off the ball in order to jump-start a running back who needed little more than a nudge to propel himself downfield.
Tittanegro’s initial carry went for zero yardage on first down of the drive that followed that game-opening sequence of mishaps. But then Fischer found Tim Paprocki open in the middle of the field for a 36-yard gain and it seemed as if Scotch Plains could finally exhale. Tittanegro followed that play with a 4-yard run on a counter to his left, and then shifted into another gear.
Tittanegro ran 10 times for 60 yards and also hauled in a 41-yard scoring pass from Fischer in the first half to help the Raiders seize a 28-2 lead, and he churned out 126 yards on eight attempts in the second half, including a dazzling 59-yarder early in the third quarter to set up a 32-yard field goal by Kyle Brainard, and a 17-yard scoring run midway in the fourth quarter for a 38-16 lead.
“I’ve grown up playing with Anthony. I’ve always known how good a running back he is. He got his opportunity today and really showed how great he can be,” Fischer said. “He’s so fast and he’s got great field vision. He knows what he’s doing out there.”
Tittanegro said he knew exactly what he had to do following that rough opening series and he further knew that the rest of his teammates held the same information, particularly his front line.
Not one lineman who started for Scotch Plains was a regular last year, but Luke and Evan Doyle, Jerry Mundle, Alex Salameh, Shane Hickey and Michael Donofrio all wound up looking like multi-year starters after the first few possessions.
“I knew they were young and inexperienced, but with size and their commitment, I knew we had something in us to get us to the next level,” Tittanegro said. “Those are my brothers. I trust them in my heart, from my toes to my brain.”
The linemen sprung Tittanegro loose for big pickups several times and also offered excellent protection for Fischer on his play-action rollouts. He completed 8 of 12 passes for the night, and connected with Tittanegro in the first quarter and Evan Hanvey and Paprocki in the second quarter for touchdowns. Fischer also scored that period with a 1-yard sneak for a 21-2 lead.
“We came in knowing they (North Plainfield) were a good team, but we knew we were better,” Tittanegro said. “Once that safety came, we were ticked. We went out on defense and shut them down and then got the ball again and proved we were better. It was just nerves in the first couple minutes.”
North Plainfield’s case of nerves lasted a little longer than Scotch Plains’, though the Canucks finally did settle into a better rhythm on offense in the second half.
The Canucks struck on the opening drive of the second half, going 67 yards in eight plays to close the deficit to 28-10. Josh Collazo hit Tyrell King with a 38-yard pass to the Scotch Plains 14, and Ryan Sullivan followed up with a scoring run on the ensuing play. The senior started off right end, then cut back and knifed his way through the middle.
Scotch Plains answered that with a seven-play, 77-yard march that Tittanegro highlighted with his 59-yard run and Brainard capped with his field goal with 4:23 to go in the quarter.
North Plainfield was halted at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood seven-yard line on its next drive following a long march sparked by a 29-yard run by Nasir McGlone, but capitalized on a short punt a bit later. The Canucks took over at the Scotch Plains six following a punt from the Raiders’ end zone, and McGlone took it in with a run off right tackle on the first snap.
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Kastning said Mayor Perry dislikes him since Monmouth Conservation Foundation opposed Middletown Walk, the town homes going up on Kings Hwy:MIDDLETOWN, NJ — A well-known land preservation nonprofit in Monmouth County is planning to sell a parcel of land it owns along Rt. 36 — and Middletown Mayor Tony Perry is not happy about it.The nonprofit is the Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) and the lot in question is 120 Hwy. 36, directly across from Regency Park and Guttenplan's frozen dough plant. This is a three-a...
MIDDLETOWN, NJ — A well-known land preservation nonprofit in Monmouth County is planning to sell a parcel of land it owns along Rt. 36 — and Middletown Mayor Tony Perry is not happy about it.
The nonprofit is the Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) and the lot in question is 120 Hwy. 36, directly across from Regency Park and Guttenplan's frozen dough plant. This is a three-acre wooded lot that is currently empty; it is bound on one side by a cell tower and on the other a bus company.
The lot is zoned for commercial development.
William Kastning, the executive director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, confirmed to Patch that his group is in contract to sell the land to a developer, which plans to build storage units on it. He declined to say exactly how much the developer is paying for the lot, but it is more than $200,000.
Mayor Perry said the sale represents an abandonment of the MCF's principles, which are to conserve open land and open space in Monmouth County. Perry is calling for Kastning, a Holmdel resident, to resign.
"The Monmouth Conservation Foundation was founded in party by a great Middletown resident and philanthropist Judith Stanley Coleman, and I am extremely confident this was not her vision when she helped form it in 1977," wrote Perry in a letter he sent Tuesday to Monmouth County Commissioners Director Tom Arnone, who oversees the Monmouth County Parks Department. Perry also sent his letter to all the Monmouth Conservation Foundation trustees.
"Given that the Monmouth Conservation Foundation and the county parks system work together, I thought Arnone should know this is happening," Perry told Patch Tuesday. "You are taking one of the few remaining parcels of untouched, undisturbed land and you're going to turn it into a self-storage facility. Why would anyone now donate to the Monmouth Conservation Foundation? Why would anyone volunteer for the Monmouth Conservation Foundation?"
According to Perry, Middletown offered to buy the lot from MCF a few years ago, offering to pay no more than $1. The Township intended to keep the land as open, undeveloped wooded space.
The Monmouth Conservation declined the Township's offer, said Perry, and confirmed by Kastning.
"We wanted to keep it as open space," said Perry. "If their executive director was true to his word, he would turn around and donate this to the Township. Their executive director is being greedy and selling it for a profit. I am not going to associate myself with an organization that purposely misleads people."
Kastning said his organization has helped preserve thousands of acres of open space in Monmouth County and that land sales such as this one provide the funding that allow his organization to exist. He said all the money generated from the sale of the lot will be put back into the non-profit, to continue purchasing lots of land that are worth preserving as open space in Monmouth County.
He also said such land sales are permissible under "trade lands" rules, which allows non-profits like his to sell land to developers as long as the land is not historically or ecologically significant. This Hwy. 36 parcel is neither.
The lot is also commercially zoned lot on the busy Hwy. 36 commercial corridor, Kastning pointed out.
"The revenue from the sale of this property on Route 36 is to be used to preserve natural resources in Monmouth County," wrote Kastning in his own follow-up letter, which he sent Arnone Wednesday. "In a perfect world, we would preserve all (green space) ... but MCF simply does not have the funds to do so. MCF must make hard decisions to preserve what it can."
Kastning also said Perry and his allies on the Middletown Twp. Committee dislike him since the Monmouth Conservation Foundation adamantly opposed the Village 35/Middletown Walk Toll Brothers development, which are the townhouses currently being built along Kings Highway.
A few years back, Monmouth Conservation Foundation put out a robo-call to all Middletown residents asking them to oppose Middletown Walk, which was approved by the Middletown Planning Board.
Here are some of the public parks/open space Monmouth Conservation Foundation has worked with others to help preserve:
Allaire State Park: MCF and the state of New Jersey DEP Green Acres Program purchased the last remaining large parcel of land connected to Allaire State Park in 2019, expanding the park by nearly 190 acres in Wall Township.
Shrewsbury Riverfront Park in Sea Bright: MCF and Monmouth County paid for walking paths, open green space and installation of benches and fencing along the waterfront. Plans are moving ahead for Phase Two completion this year, which will include amenities like a patio, pavilion and landscaping.
Swimming River Park in Middletown: Construction takes place this summer to improve public water access and add recreational amenities. An effort years in the making, the project is a successful collaboration of Monmouth County, the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS), and MCF that preserves approximately 18 acres of green space.
Colts Neck: MCF preserved the 19-acre Stivala Farm in Colts Neck. The property is contiguous to the roughly 63-acre DeGroot Farm, which was also preserved through the State’s Farmland Preservation Program. Both quintessential examples of rural farm life in Colts Neck, these farms will now be protected forever from encroaching development.
Sunset Park in Red Bank (still in planning stages): MCF secured a $2 million anonymous donation from a philanthropist in fall 2021 to support the creation of a park on the underserved west side of Red Bank. Sunset Park will become a reality in the coming years, as MCF works with the Red Bank Borough Council and other partners to restore the former landfill into a public park for recreational use.
Edgemere Park in Sea Girt will soon be home to a new pollinator garden thanks to a $10,000 charitable grant secured by MCF.
MCF is working with the U.S. Navy to preserve land and natural habitats that surround Naval Weapons Station Earle to "help sustain critical, at-risk military mission capabilities." Conversations are currently underway to preserve applicable properties in Howell and Colts Neck.
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood football has not made the playoffs in almost a decade. Head coach Austin Holman, in his fourth year at the helm of the Raiders, believes the team is capable to make that leap this campaign and make the postseason for the first time since 2014.“It has been way too long,” Holman said.With a 14-14 record since joining the Raiders in 2019, Holman’s winning percentage heavily outweighs the previous 4-35 record Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s previous regime accumulat...
SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood football has not made the playoffs in almost a decade. Head coach Austin Holman, in his fourth year at the helm of the Raiders, believes the team is capable to make that leap this campaign and make the postseason for the first time since 2014.
“It has been way too long,” Holman said.
With a 14-14 record since joining the Raiders in 2019, Holman’s winning percentage heavily outweighs the previous 4-35 record Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s previous regime accumulated in between his arrival and the program’s last NJSIAA Tournament appearance.
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To reach the postseason, the Raiders will be turning over from a senior-laden roster, including one which lost All-State running back Anthony Robinson. But at the signal caller position, veteran senior quarterback Weston Fischer will be making his return after throwing for 1,050 yards and 11 passing touchdowns in 2021, both the most since the 2017 season for a Raider.
“He has an opportunity to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league,” Holman said. “He is going to make special plays for us.”
During the summer, Fischer gathered players to assemble off-season workouts, showcasing his leadership to the head coach.
“Weston was really instrumental in making sure guys were around all summer and being accountable, even when they are going to other camps and tournaments and whatnot,” Holman said. “Weston was a solid leader last year, and he is an outstanding individual as a person, and it really carries over to the football field.
“He is a team guy. He is all about the team, and he is going to continue to push everybody to get us better.”
The Raiders will be instituting a running back by committee behind Fischer, as seniors Anthony Tittanegro and Khadar Jackson will lead a four-headed backfield. Tittanegro will alternate as the back with acceleration and quickness, while Jackson will bring more of a power-style attack at 210 lbs.
“He can pick them up and put them down,” Holman said of Jackson.
Despite losing their top three receivers from 2021 to graduation, Holman does not expect the position group to ‘skip a beat’, believing the wideouts can be ‘even better than last year’. Timmy Paprocki and Jaiden McDonald will be the outside wide receivers for the Raiders, with both possessing ‘good size and speed’ according to Holman. Ethan Filler and Jackson will be at the slot positions.
“They are all big, good-sized guys who can run,” Holman said. “We will be tough to stop there.”
The offensive line will be headed by junior twins Evan and Luke Doyle, and although the players in the trenches will be young, Holman thinks the size of Scotch Plains-Fanwood will lead to success.
“We just need to clear up some technique, but they have a lot of talent and potential to be really dominant.”
On the flip side of the trenches for defense, the line will have returning senior Amir Crawford.
“Amir is the leader of the group,” Holman said. “He is an outstanding pass rusher and is going to be a problem to block all year.”
Five other players will rotating on the defensive line for Scotch Plains-Fanwood, which Holman thinks will give the team "great ability to run stop and pass rush."
Another factor in stopping the run will be Jackson, called ‘one of the best linebackers in the league’ by Holman. Known as the ‘QB of the defense’, the linebacker group behind Jackson will be filled out by Filler, Evan Hanvey, and Jake Fezza.
Making a transition from linebacker to safety will be Paprocki. Holman projects the senior to be better in the secondary because of his ball skills and open field tackling. Tittanegro will be another big piece of the secondary as a returning corner from last year’s squad.
Overall, the biggest strength of the defense will be its ability to run, according to Holman.
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AVENEL, N.J. (AP) — The familiar sights and sounds are still there: the scuffed and faded floor tiles, the relentless beige-on-beige color scheme, the toddlers’ clothes and refrigerators and pretty much everything in between.There’s even a canned recording that begins, “Attention, Kmart shoppers” — except it’s to remind folks about COVID-19 precautions, not to alert them to a flash sale over in ladies’ lingerie like days of old.Many of the shelves are bare, though, at the Kmart in...
AVENEL, N.J. (AP) — The familiar sights and sounds are still there: the scuffed and faded floor tiles, the relentless beige-on-beige color scheme, the toddlers’ clothes and refrigerators and pretty much everything in between.
There’s even a canned recording that begins, “Attention, Kmart shoppers” — except it’s to remind folks about COVID-19 precautions, not to alert them to a flash sale over in ladies’ lingerie like days of old.
Many of the shelves are bare, though, at the Kmart in Avenel, New Jersey, picked over by bargain hunters as the store prepares to close its doors for good April 16.
Once it shutters, the number of Kmarts in the U.S. – once well over 2,000 – will be down to three last holdouts, according to multiple reports, in a retail world now dominated by Walmart, Target and Amazon.
The demise of the the store in the middle-class suburb, 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of New York City, is the tale of the death of the discount department store writ small.
“You’re always thinking about it because stores are closing all over, but it’s still sad,” said cashier Michelle Yavorsky, who said she has worked at the Avenel store for 2 ½ years. “I’ll miss the place. A lot of people shopped here.”
In its heyday, Kmart sold product lines endorsed by celebrities Martha Stewart and Jaclyn Smith, sponsored NASCAR auto races and was mentioned in movies including “Rain Man” and “Beetlejuice.” It was name-dropped in songs by artists from Eminem to the Beastie Boys to Hall & Oates; in 2003, Eminem bought a 29-room, suburban Detroit mansion once owned by former Kmart chairman Chuck Conaway.
The chain cemented a place in American culture with its Blue Light Specials, a flashing blue orb affixed to a pole that would beckon shoppers to a flash sale in progress. Part of its success was due to its early adoption of layaway programs, which allowed customers who lacked credit to reserve items and pay for them in installments.
For a time, Kmart had a little bit of everything: You could shop for your kids’ back-to-school supplies, get your car tuned up and grab a meal without leaving the premises.
“Kmart was part of America,” said Michael Lisicky, a Baltimore-based author who has written several books on U.S. retail history. “Everybody went to Kmart, whether you liked it or not. They had everything. You had toys. You had sporting goods. You had candy. You had stationery. It was something for everybody. This was almost as much of a social visit as it was a shopping visit. You could spend hours here. And these just dotted the American landscape over the years.”
Kmart’s decline has been slow but steady, brought about by years of falling sales, changes in shopping habits and the looming shadow of Walmart, which coincidentally began its life within months of Kmart’s founding in 1962.
Struggling to compete with Walmart’s low prices and Target’s trendier offerings, Kmart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2002 — becoming the largest U.S. retailer to take that step — and announced it would close more than 250 stores.
A few years later, hedge fund executive Edward Lampert combined Sears and Kmart and pledged to return them to their former greatness, but the recession and the rising dominance of Amazon contributed in derailing those goals. Sears filed for Chapter 11 in 2018 and currently has a handful of stores left in the U.S. where it once had thousands.
Kmarts continue to operate in Westwood, New Jersey; Bridgehampton, on New York’s Long Island, and Miami.
It didn’t have to end this way, according to Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia University in New York and former CEO of Sears Canada. Trying to compete with Walmart on price was a foolish strategy, he said, and Lampert was criticized for not having a retail background and appearing more interested in stripping off the assets of the two chains for their cash value.
“It’s a study in greed, avarice and incompetence,” Cohen said. “Sears should have never gone away; Kmart was in worse shape, but not fatally so. And now they’re both gone.
“Retailers fall by the wayside sometimes because they’re selling things people don’t want to buy,” he continued. “In the case of Kmart, everything they used to sell, people are buying but they’re buying it from Walmart and Target.”
Transformco, which owns Kmart and Sears, did not respond to an email seeking comment and a phone number listed for the company was not taking messages.
Nationwide, some former Kmarts remain vacant while others have been replaced by other big-box stores, fitness centers, self-storage facilities, even churches. One former site in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is now a popular dine-in movie theater.
Employees at the Kmart in Avenel found out last month that the store would close.
Unlike 20 years ago, when news of impending Kmart closures around the country prompted an outpouring of support from loyal shoppers and a Detroit radio station even mounted a campaign to try and save a local store, the closing of the Avenel location was met mostly with an air of resignation.
“It’s maybe a little nostalgic because I’ve lived my whole life in this area, but it’s just another retail store closing,” said Jim Schaber, a resident of nearby Iselin who said his brother worked in the shoe department at Kmart for years. “It’s just another sign of people doing online shopping and not going out to the retail stores.”
The closing packed a little more of an emotional punch for Mike Jerdonek, a truck driver who recalled shopping at Kmart in Brooklyn and Queens in his younger days.
“It’s like history passing right in front of our eyes,” he said as he sat in his car outside the Avenel store. “When I was younger I didn’t have any money, so it was a good place to shop because the prices were cheap. And to see it gone right now, it’s kind of sad.”