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KMART CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THE POSSIBLE SALE OF PAYLESS DRUG STORES NORTHWEST, INC.

 TROY, Mich., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM)
 today announced that it is exploring the possible sale of its
 PayLess Drug Stores Northwest, Inc. subsidiary.
 "Over the last year or so, we have analyzed each of our businesses
 with respect to their strategic fit at Kmart," said
 Joseph E. Antonini, chairman of the board and chief executive
 officer. "Included in this process has been our previously
 announced consideration of selling minority interests in one or more
 Kmart Specialty Retail Group companies in order to enhance
 shareholder value. This process also includes the consideration of
 the outright sale of the PayLess business."
 "We can't at this time predict the outcome of this process which is
 currently ongoing," said Antonini. "And we continue to study other
 ways to enhance shareholder value."
 PayLess Drug Stores, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kmart, is a
 leading drug store chain with 560 stores in 12 western states. In
 1992, PayLess had sales of $2.3 billion and operating income of
 $113 million.
 Kmart Corporation serves America with over 4,000 retail outlets in
 all 50 states in the United States and in Puerto Rico, Canada, the
 Czech Republic and Slovakia. Kmart, currently operating 2,423 Kmart
 stores, is also the parent company for PACE Membership Warehouse,
 Builders Square, Waldenbooks, The Sports Authority, OfficeMax and
 Borders, in addition to PayLess Drug Stores.
 Kmart Corporation's stock is listed on the New York, Pacific and
 Midwest Stock Exchanges. Its trading symbol is KM.
 -0- 8/4/93
 /CONTACT: Orren F. Knauer or Lois M. Connelly, Investor Relations, Kmart Corporation, 313-643-1040/
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