The new K Hub store opened its doors on George Street in Windsor on Friday, February 19, replacing the Target store that had operated at the site for over a decade.
K Hub Windsor store manager Mandeep K Singh said: "We've been part of the Windsor community for 13 years and we're excited to be continuing that journey with Kmart - one of Australia's most iconic brands."
"The support and feedback we have received from the local community so far, has been amazing! So many happy faces walking through our doors today... the store has literally been abuzz with excitement. It's a wonderful start to our K hub journey and we can't wait to see what the future brings," Ms Singh said.
K Hub is a new concept for Kmart which has rolled out the new smaller store format at various locations around the country, replacing Target stores, which will now go online.
There is a focus on online shopping, with customers able to 'click and collect' from the full Kmart range at the Windsor store, or shop online and have items delivered to the home.
Locals who prefer the Target range can still shop online at Target, and collect their items from the Windsor K Hub. Orders made online at the Catch website will also be able to be picked-up at K Hub Windsor.
Wesfarmers, which owns both the Kmart and Target department store brands, announced at the end of May 2020 that it would be closing a number of Target stores around the country, and some would be converting to Kmart.
They said while it was a difficult decision, it was one necessary to "improve the commercial viability of the business" and support the "thousands pf people we employ".
Pitt Town mum, Tara Harvey, had been campaigning for a Kmart in the Hawkesbury for years.
In November 2016, she started a Facebook group called 'Bring Kmart to Windsor NSW, 2756', together with fellow Kmart fans Sharon Sparkl and Elise Smith, also from Pitt Town. The group has over 2,800 followers.
"It's exciting, I can't believe it is finally happening," Ms Harvey told the Gazette in June last year.