Commercial developer Jay Dunlap announced the decision of Kohl’s department store to locate a new 63,000 foot facility in Alcoa. The store location will be adjacent to Dick’s sporting goods in Hamilton Crossing.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Kohl’s is a family focused, value oriented, specialty department store. They offer moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. Kohl’s currently operates 1,089 stores in 49 States.
City of Alcoa Mayor, Don Mull, commended developer Jay Dunlap for his efforts to bring Kohl’s to the community. “I know that the city staff and Mr. Dunlap have spent a lot of time together making sure this project will work out. Most people do not see how much behind the scene activity must take place to accommodate a project of this nature. I am pleased that Kohl’s feels the time is right to expand in to our market area. I am sure this will be a really strong store for them.”
Mr. Dunlap said, “Kohl’s is excited about their expansion in to this part of the greater Knoxville market. They are pleased to come and have traditionally served their store community’s in many ways. In addition to their wide variety of moderately priced consumer goods, they are also good stewards to the environment. Their new stores, recycle, use energy saving measures and support healthy choices. These newer Kohl’s stores have increased fresh air ventilation systems, carbon monoxide monitoring and do not allow smoking within 25 feet of the building.”
Alcoa City Manager, Mark Johnson, indicated “the construction timing for the grand opening works out well for the current street improvements occurring on the west end of Hamilton Crossing. Both the Middlesettlements Road widening project and the new divergent diamond interchange work on Highway 129 at Bessemer Street should be completed well in advance of their scheduled opening in October of 2011. These new transportation enhancements and new signalization will allow improved access to the West end of Hamilton Crossing and to Kohl’s in particular. These same transportation related improvements have already attracted attention from several other national retailers.”
Mr. Dunlap, said “the Kohl’s space and adjacent 17,000 square feet of additional area are a good fit for this portion of Hamilton Crossing. I will be announcing the tenants for the other two new spaces soon. Additionally, it goes without saying that a shopping center project of this size has many components and is very complicated. I would be remiss if I didn’t stress how important the City of Alcoa’s role has been in getting us all to this point. Subject to any outstanding or unknown problems, we should be having a ground breaking soon.”
Bill Hammon, Assistant City Manager said, “the Kohl’s site plan works well with the other site attributes in Hamilton Crossing. The combination of building pad location, internal drives, greenway connection, sidewalk placement and parking, fit the overall plan nicely. Some additional modifications will be required to Old Louisville Road to accommodate site drainage and a relocated parking facility that serves the greenway trail head located nearby.”