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Customers want stores to bring back cafes



It's Kmart's 50th birthday today, and it celebrates the discount department store shared some old photos illustrating their momentous mark on Australian history.

Fans loved the throwback snaps, with the nostalgic photos sparking and call from fans to bring back and the much-loved Kmart feature.

In a slide show of images shared on Instagram, the retailer asked their followers to recall their favorite Kmart memory, triggering flashbacks of better times involving fried potatoes and a signature sauce.

"The chips and gravy in your old cafes," one fan wrote.

“When they were a restaurant inside. You could shop and eat. It was always a treat, ”another said.

One person wrote: "Holly's Cafe, chips and gravy,"

Holly's crinkle cut chips, someone else agreed.

As well as pool hot chips and gravy memories were also tastes of roast beef, chicken nuggets in pirate boxes, thick milkshakes and scones with jam.

Since sharing the post just a few hours ago, fans have piled up on demand to bring back the popular cafe, Holly’s.

“Bring back the cafes! They were awesome! ”One fan wrote.

Someone else wrote: “When people mentioning cafes say whaaattt. I feel like I'm missing out bring them back! ”

"You defo gotta bring back Holly's," another agreed.

Among the old photos shared – full of carpets and cheesy promo shots from the back – was an old advert that included a transistor pocket radio for just $ 9.98 and a giant pouffe for a bargain $ 3.96.

Kmart opened its first store in Burwood East, Victoria on April 30, 1969 with an estimated 40,000 people passing through the check-outs and over $ 97,000 (equivalent to $ 989,000 in 2019) on the first day.

Since then it has gone on to operate 228 stores across the country and become a staple for Aussie shoppers.

It is not the first time Kmart fans have requested the store to bring back Holly's cafeteria, with Reddit thread from 2017 showing love for the old feature.

News.com.au has Kmed for comment.

Do you remember the Holly's cafes in old Kmart stores? Let us know your experience below.

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