Kohl’s officially opened its doors in Sedalia on Sunday, and plenty of shoppers continued to file in Monday afternoon to check out the new offerings.
The new approximately 56,000 square-foot Sedalia location, 4300 Wisconsin Ave., is the 26th Kohl’s store to open in Missouri, according to a news release from the company. Sedalians have been waiting for months — even years — for Kohl’s to open in Sedalia, and Monday’s customers shared their enthusiasm with the Democrat while they shopped.
“It’s nice to have new stores. Hopefully we’ll keep getting more, slowly but surely,” said Anicka Oyen as she picked out curtains with children Alayna Brosch and Wyatt Brosch. “(Today) I’m looking for household things that aren’t normally available in Sedalia.”
Some Sedalia residents will be entering a Kohl’s store for the first time, like Stacey Jenkins, who was visiting the store Monday with her daughter Lilly and her friend Christina Schnakenberg.
“I’m just excited to have a different store in town, we needed something new,” Schnakenberg said.
“I heard they have lots of cute kids’ items so I came to look at those,” Jenkins added.
For many, less travel time to Columbia or the Kansas City area for shopping opportunities is another positive aspect of the new store.
“I travel to the city a lot for shopping, so it will be nice to not go as far,” Schnakenberg said. “It’s nice to have more options than the few we have for clothing.”
Madeleine Oswald is the mother of two youngsters, so less travel time is good for her, too.
“It’s pretty awesome,” she said of the new store. “We usually go to Columbia and we have two toddlers, and that can be a long trip in car seats.”
Carole Molder recently moved to Sedalia from Kansas City, so she said she’s glad to have a store from home in Sedalia.
“I’m thrilled to death they’re open,” she said as she looked for some new tennis shoes.
According to the release, all new Kohl’s stores opening this fall feature new enhancements and the company’s latest store design, including an updated beauty department, updated check-out stations, newly-designed shopping carts and strollers, redesigned fitting rooms with fitting room lounges in misses and juniors, an expanded customer service area located at the front of the store, in-store Kohl’s Kiosks, electronic signs in all departments and free Wi-Fi throughout the store.
“It looks nice,” Joann Hirst said of the new store. “There’s lots of selection.”
Kohl’s will officially open its doors to the community with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Grand opening events will also take place throughout the day Saturday.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.