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“It’s disappointing:” Kohl’s store in Brown Deer one of 18 underperforming stores to close

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BROWN DEER -- In late February, Kohl's Corporation said it would close a small fraction of brick-and-mortar stores as it meets the needs of its online customers. Now, we have learned there is one store that will close in Wisconsin -- the Kohl's store on N. Green Bay Road in Brown Deer.Kohl's

Few of the customers who shop at the store in Brown Deer saw this coming.

"It's disappointing because it is easy to come here," said Lisa Hegler.

Kohl's announced in late February they would be closing 18 stores nationwide. The biggest hits are happening in California and Georgia. The only Wisconsin location affected is the store in Brown Deer.

Kohl's Brown Deer

Kohl's Brown Deer

"I know they are very upset. The workers, they don't know what's going on," said Kris Armitage.

In a statement Kohl's officials said, in part:

"We are proud to share every eligible store associate will be offered the opportunity to work at a nearby Kohl's."

Company officials said between 80-100 workers are affected at each location. Kohl's officials said the stores that are closing are considered "underperforming" stores.

"I'm hoping it's a temporary thing and they will bring stores back," said Armitage.

As 18 stores are set to close, Kohl's officials announced the opening of 21 new-concept stores across the country. They include seven smaller pilot stores -- two Off/Aisle stores in Wauwatosa and Waukesha, and the first dozen Fila outlets.

Sluggish earnings caused Kohl's to get creative with their new stores. Kohl's officials said employees who don't want to be transferred will receive a severance.

Below is the full statement from Kohl's Corporate, including the complete list of stores that will close:

Kohl’s continues to explore ways to enhance shareholder value through the optimization of its existing store portfolio.

In 2016, Kohl’s will close 18 underperforming stores representing less than one percent of total sales. To reach this decision, Kohl’s conducted a comprehensive review of all of the markets across the country to understand every element that contributes to making a store successful – from review of the other stores in each trade area, to the rent and expenses involved in operating any location, to how each customer base is evolving and adapting to the company’s integrated omnichannel efforts.

An important part of this decision was to ensure we could take care of every impacted store associate.

We are proud to share every eligible store associate will be offered the opportunity to work at a nearby Kohl’s or, if they choose, can accept a competitive severance package. On average, Kohl’s stores employ approximately 80-100 associates. Kohl’s customers in the affected markets can continue to receive the same exceptional customer service, amazing products and incredible savings at surrounding store locations, as well as on and Kohl’s mobile app. Customers can locate their nearest Kohl’s location using Kohl’s Store Locator on

The following affected stores will be closed as of June 19th, 2016:

  • Arcadia, CA – 7279 N. Rosemead Blvd. San Gabriel, Calif.

  • Cypress, CA – 10201 Valley View St., Cypress, Calif.

  • Ladera Ranch, CA – 27426 Antonio Parkway, Ladera Ranch, Calif.

  • Mira Mesa, CA – 8140 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, Calif.

  • Rancho Cordova, CA – 11051 Olson Drive, Rancho Cordova, Calif.

  • Santa Ana, CA – 1351 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, Calif.

  • San Jose East, CA – 2323 McKee Road, San Jose, Calif.

  • Upland South, CA – 233 S. Mountain Ave., Upland, Calif.

  • West Hills, CA – 6651 N. Fallbrook Ave., West Hills, Calif.

  • Hialeah, FL – 700 W. 49th St., Hialeah, Fla.

  • Tallahassee, FL – 6785 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Fla.

  • Holcomb Bridge, GA – 2342 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, Ga.

  • Lithonia, GA – 2929 Turner Hill Road, Lithonia, Ga. – Note: The Lithonia, Ga. store will close November 1, 2016.

  • Northlake Mall, GA – 4820 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, Ga.

  • Saint Charles, IL – 3840 E. Main St., Saint Charles, Ill.

  • Pineville, NC – 9579 S. Blvd., Charlotte, N.C.

  • Princeton, NJ – 200 Nassau Park Blvd., Princeton, N.J.

  • Brown Deer, WI – 9060 N. Green Bay Road, Brown Deer, Wis.

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  • A yooper

    I wonder why the store would close. lots of traffic in the area. Close enough to draw people in from the suburbs. Kohl’s sells quality products. Very hard to figure out.

  • Art Woosley

    Most of the stores are in California. How can that be. Don’t the Jerry Brown Maxists love capitalism and businesses? Maybe the excessive taxes, fees and restrictions strangled Kohl’s to the point of just closing down the stores.

  • Annie

    Theie Customer Service was horrible. No registers open & had to stand in line @ Customer Service. One clerk and several returns. Manager paged but never showed. Called her from home & was told it was “from Corperate.” Went to “Corporate’s website” to complain with no acknowledgement. That was in November. Have not been back since.

  • A yooper

    Maybe if Kohl’s were to diversify the product line it could be an over performing store. If they were to carry a new trendy style of belts they would do great. When in the area I notice that there must be a lack of outlets to purchase belts. I see many folks ambling about holding their pants up.

  • Reagan 84

    Look at how THUGGISH the area has gotten in the last 10-20 years,no wonder why. The more thuggish an area gets the more businesses will close. That used to be a great area 30-40 and more years ago when Treasure Island was there. More “LAW ABIDING” and “CIVILIZED” class of people frequented there as opposed to now.

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