*Updated Sunday April 3 to include more photos of the building already down. Photos at the end of the article*
Thursday March 31, 2016 – Demolition has begun on the former Kmart building in Boone. The site is the location for a new Publix store that is scheduled to open sometime in 2017. Kmart opened in Boone in 1979, with the parking lot and entrances a favorite shortcut for many motorist to reach Pride Drive and Greenway Road from 321 and vice versa. The parking lot is now fenced off has construction work has begun.
Video: Watauga Democrat newspaper