Should the retailer, currently housed in Menomonee Falls, with nearly 70,000 employees (according to Fortune) and 1,097 stores in 49 states, have a presence in Wisconsin's largest city?
A store would seem like a good play, but since many of its employees live in and around greater Downtown – why not build a satellite Kohl's campus or a full office park in Downtown Milwaukee?
Just look at the careers site, it sure seems like the company loves Downtown and Milwaukee. Kohl's has a photo studio in the city and a design office in NYC, so a more urban location for its brand would seem to fit.
But where would Kohl's build?
Thoughts on a location for Downtown Kohl's corporate office? Use the talkback feature.
Two choices (1) A central location near the new Radisson Hotel that just opened on North 45 and Hwy 74 West in Menomonee Falls with tons of vacant land near and parking just off expressway (2) The Cousins Center land would be one great spot. Kohl has the money for either site.
A central location at Hwy74 and 45 North in Menomonee Falls next to expressway, a new Radisson hotel just opened and tons of vacant land and tons of parking along 74 West that does not have to be cleared or the Cousins Center on Lake Drive would be great. Kohl's could afford either site.
There is a seemingly perfectly good, completely empty building on 4th and Michigan, across from Zeidler Park, kidde corner from Boston Store. I also think that there is an attached parking garage. Kohls could have all the office space they need and probably enough to carry them into the future. Then all of the stores in the Plankinton portion of Grand Avenue could be relocated to the west, and Kohls could build a beautiful store in the Plankinton space. This would be a blessing to the downtown tax base AND the struggling mall.
Sadly, it is none of the ideas are going to happen. Kohls has already decided that they won't move downtown. The city couldn't entice them. If you want proof, check out Barret's reaction at the latest community forum at MULS. I've never seen the mayor that uncomfortable.
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