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Kohl’s to open this week

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By Karina Ramírez / Staff writer

Kohl’s Department Stores will open its long-awaited Denton location at 9 a.m. Wednesday inside the Rayzor Ranch Shopping Center.

The 56,000-square-foot store at 2620 W. University Drive will feature new store designs that include updated check-out stations, newly designed shopping carts and strollers and updated fitting rooms throughout the store including fitting rooms for misses and juniors. The store will also provide an expanded customer service area relocated to the front of the store as in most new locations with in-store Wi-Fi and electronic signs in all departments, according to a news release.

The Denton store will be Kohl’s 85th location in Texas and one of nine stores scheduled to open across the country this spring, officials with the company said.

Doug Gorton, district manager for the new Kohl’s location, said in a news release he was excited to bring the store to Denton.

The Denton store was built according to a prototype and received a gold level Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the release.

Aimee Bissett, the city’s economic development director, said she was looking forward to the grand opening.

“Kohl’s has contributed to the Denton community’s environmentally friendly attitude by using recycled and regionally sourced building materials, water-conserving landscaping and an Energy Star-rated roof,” Bissett said in an e-mail.

The store will bring 105 local jobs to the area, she said.

Linda Hinton, general manager for developer RED Development, LLC, said the tenants were also looking forward to the store’s opening.

“It is a huge boost to the economy there and much needed,” she said. “People there are going to have a convenient location where they can shop and dine.”

Kohl’s will open not far from where a former Kmart once stood at Bonnie Brae Street and University Drive. The store, which closed in 2003, left northern Denton residents having to drive further to find department store clothing and other basic items.

In addition to Kohl’s, Sugar Queen Cupcakes, Famous Footwear, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and Petco, are scheduled to open this year, Hinton said. The stores are scheduled to open during the first and second quarter of 2013. No other opening dates were provided.

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s is a department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories and home products, according to its website.

The company ended the fourth quarter with 1,146 stores in 49 states, compared with 1,127 stores at the same time last year, according to its financial filing report.

Last year, Kohl’s opened 20 new stores. It relocated one store in Michigan and closed one store in Ohio, said Kevin Mansell, chief executive officer of the company during a 2012 Earnings Release Conference Call held Feb. 28.

Mansell said Kohl’s is expected to open 12 stores in 2013, including three in the fall.

Kohl’s is also a supporter of many philanthropic causes including selling kid-friendly cause merchandise and donating 100 percent of the net profit to support children’s health and education initiatives nationally through its Cause Merchandise program. The company is also known to award scholarships through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship program which has awarded nearly $3.5 million in scholarships since 2001, according to the company’s website.

A ribbon cutting for the Denton store will be held at 8:45 a.m. before the official store opening. Denton store hours will be 9 a.m. through 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is .