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Smarty Mart
Smarty Mart is a Wal-Mart-type Super-super convenience store.

Club Banana and Smarty Mart are owned by the same corporation. Smarty Mart is reviled by Kim Possible for its low prices, "discounty" atmosphere and general unpopularity with fellow trendoids.[1]

Ron Stoppable was a Smarty Mart enthusiast, and shopped there so frequently he knew the greeter Oscar personally. This was also where Ron bought Rufus.[1] Ron was offered a job by Smarty Mart owner Martin Smarty as thanks for saving him from a kidnapping attempt by Shego, and began working in the pet department.[2] He later found that Mr. Barkin had worked in housewares for almost fourteen years and was truly passionate about it.[3]

Location

There were at least 4,000 locations worldwide, with a new store opened every week.[1] The Middleton store was very close to JP Bearymore's Pizza Party-Torium[4].

Points of Interest

  • Similar to the Wal-Mart greeters, an employee stood at the door welcoming customers as they entered while reciting the store's slogan: "Smarty Mart: Where smart shoppers shop smart".[1]
  • Newly discounted sales at Smarty Mart were known as "Brainstorms", after the "Brainy" walking brain mascot.[1]
  • Smarty Mart sold many different items, which included pets, exotic pets, pet supplies, food, jet packs, sailboats, tires, shampoo, clothes, etc.
  • The store's mascot was a man dressed as a humongous brain with arms ending in gloved hands, eyes with glasses, legs with pants, shoes, and small mouth which moves when the man wearing the costume speaks, and a mortarboard. All things which are tropes of intelligence and smartness.[1]

Events

  • When Kim's pants were damaged by an alligator attack during a mission, she reluctantly ended up shopping at Smarty Mart for a new pair. She then went to Club Banana to buy virtually the same pants, the only difference being the higher price and the Club Banana logo on them, then had Ron return the first pair to Smarty Mart. At the same time, Kim had to hunt down Frugal Lucre, a rogue employee who was threatening to shut down the internet unless everyone in the world paid him one dollar.[1]
  • Dr. Drakken's brainwashing shampoo was available in Smarty Mart.
  • While working in the stockroom, Ron and Mr. Barkin were accidentally trapped in crate and shipped to the Returns Warehouse.[3]
  • Slim Possible invited his brother Dr. James Possible to accompany him to a general store, which turned out to be a Montana Smarty Mart.[5]

Trivia

  • The name and slogan share similarities to "S-Mart" from the Evil Dead movies.
  • Martin Smarty, the owner of Smarty Mart—and by extension Club Banana—is one of the five richest people in the world, and a poker buddy of Señor Senior, Senior.[2] Seeing as his first name is Martin, its clear that the name of his store is a play on words of his own name.
  • Smarty Mart is a parody of big-name retail chains, such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Price Club, and Costco.
  • The fact that Smarty Mart and Club Banana are owned by the same company probably refers to the fact that The Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic are all part of the same company, but have a drastic change in price range and style for virtually the same items.

References

  1. a b c d e f g Low Budget
  2. a b The Big Job
  3. a b Fashion Victim
  4. Coach Possible
  5. Showdown at the Crooked D

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