Word on the street is that the new Kohl’s Department, located near the corner of Delaware and Hertel, is gearing up for a soft launch this weekend. I swung by to take a look at the progress and was happy to see that the interior looked to be full of merchandise. Commercial neighbors tell me that there have been workers working around the clock to nail the scheduled April 1st opening day.
Not only does the store look to be operational, the perimeter of the building has also seen a number of aesthetic improvements. There are a bunch of planted islands as well as an extended sidewalk projecting from the south side of the building to Delaware Avenue (with goose neck lighting as anticipated). And the red stamped crosswalks are a nice touch. Remember the garbage that used to be on this site? I must say that the improvements are very welcoming considering that there are still plenty of jacked-up wastelands such as the K-Mart parking lot sprawl found right around the corner.
In the meantime, shoppers can prepare for lines such as Simply Vera Vera Wang, Candie’s, apt 9, Nike, Chaps, ELLE, Food Network, FILA Sport and Arrow. If you’re wondering what sort of departments Kohl’s provides, a few of them are bed & bath, kitchen & dining, beauty, jewelry and shoes. Others mentioned on their website are electronics & games, intimates, swim, luggage & backpack and baby – I’ve heard that it’s like a JC Penney but cheaper. So some savvy urban shoppers will now be able to forego a trip to the mall in lieu of a stop over to Kohl’s. We’ll keep you updated as the opening date draws near.