Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 1, 2014

Kohl’s site draws attention

ASHLAND — Despite being discussed for years, the site of Ashland’s new Kohl’s store is often the subject of curiosity, according to site superintendent Adam McKinney.

“Four or five people stop every day and ask what we’re doing,” McKinney said.

The 55,000-square-foot structure will take shape quickly, McKinney said, explaining his crew from Missouri-based Crane Construction Co. will be on site with a crane next week, lifting and installing 8-foot wall sections during evening hours. The project has about 11 workers on site, McKinney said, including employees of local contractors such as Light’s Enterprises, Flaugher Land Surveying, River Cities Glass, Riverside Plumbing, General Heating & Electric and Genesis Electric. At its peak, McKinney said the construction effort will require approximately 60 workers.

“It should be open the second week of October,” McKinney said, adding the retail store has an excellent reputation for “giving back to the local community.”

Kohl’s had been previously engaged in discussions with RG properties to locate at Melody Mountain, and in 2007 announced it had signed letter of intent. Kohl’s pulled out of the deal later that year, citing the faltering economy. The second phase of development at Melody Mountain was then delayed and another restaurant that had planned to locate on the development, Chili’s Grill and Bar, also pulled out of locating there.

Expansion at the mountaintop property, valued in excess of $12 million, is now back on track, with Dick’s Sporting Goods and PetSmart doing business, and Kohl’s under construction.

Kohl’s was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis. It has more than 1,000 stores in 49 states. The Ashland store is expected to generate about 50 jobs.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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