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KMART DEBUTS WORK BY NATIONALLY KNOWN LOCAL ARTIST FOR USE IN HOLIDAY MERCHANDISING PROGRAM

 TROY, Mich., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM) announced today that nationally known Michigan artist, David McCall Johnston, has created a painting which will provide the design of select 1993 Kmart holiday merchandise. The exclusive merchandise, to debut in September, includes collectible porcelain villages, gift bags, dinnerware, framed art, place mats and decorator rugs. All feature styling from Johnston's painting titled "Country Memories." Kmart will also donate 200 signed, limited edition prints to schools, libraries and museums nationwide for display or fund-raising purposes.
 "Country Memories" features a traditional early 20th century winter barnyard scene. Presented in Johnston's signature Americana style, the scene features a Victorian-style house, barns, haystacks, skaters and farmyard animals.
 Johnston's commissions throughout his 25-year career have included commissioned works for many private and corporate collections and children's book illustrations, including the Golden Anniversary Mount Rushmore commemorative painting, works for Steuben Glass and The Jules Verne Museum in Nantes, France.
 "Success in the arts today requires cooperation from every segment of society: government and business to fund and endow, media to create awareness and generate interest and art lovers to see and understand. 'Country Memories' is truly reminiscent of an old-fashioned holiday and we wanted to share this vision," said Mike Wellman, vice president marketing, Kmart Corporation. "The signed, limited edition prints provide another opportunity for Kmart to reach out to communities across the country."
 "Collecting porcelain villages has become a very popular hobby, especially at Christmas," said Terry Hass, buyer, Kmart Corporation. "Since our villages are based on the designs of a nationally recognized artist, there's even greater value for customers in collecting them."
 "I think the painting conveys the American experience," said Johnston. "That time in which there were simpler joys: sli?gh rides, home-baked sweets, the gathering of family together for the holidays. 'Country Memories' depicts that place in all of our hearts for the joy of family and the delight of the holiday spirit."
 Johnston lives in an 1840 Greek Revival farmhouse filled with folk art and period antiques in Franklin, Mich.
 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 more than 2,408 Kmart stores, is also the parent company for PACE Membership Warehouse, Builders Square, PayLess Drug Stores, Waldenbooks, The Sports Authority, OfficeMax and Borders.
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 /CONTACT: Teri Kula, manager, or Stephen Pagnani, specialist, Kmart Corporate Communications, 313-643-1077/
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