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“If you build it, they will come.”

A quote from “Field of Dreams” that Kohls, a popular department store, is hoping will come true as it announces later this week the plans to open up a new retail store in the Indiana Mall.  

The new Kohl’s will be located where the old Sears store used to be, near the entrance of the mall, according to the Indiana Gazette, which ran an article April 10, announcing plans for the new arrival. 

“They [The Indiana Gazette] ran the story without an official press release,” said a mall official who identified herself to be the mall manager but who would not name herself. “We will be releasing new information and a formal press release later this week.”

The news of the opening of a new department retail store may surprise some as stores Sears, Bon-Ton and K-Mart all have closed and left the mall within the last two years.

“It’s nice to see Kohl’s come into the area and give our residents a new place to shop,” said borough council President Peter Broad.

Along with Broad and other community members, some students are also pleased to hear the news.

“I’m very excited for a Kohl’s,” Lexi Ciano (sophomore, exercise science) said. “They have decent clothes and nice, business-casual clothes for really cheap.”

Kohl’s, which offers clothing for all ages and sizes, has many different brands available, such as Vera Wang and Marc Anthony, as well as celebrity brands like Avril Lavigne, Tony Hawk and Jennifer Lopez.

“I’m excited, but shocked,” Antonella Mastroianni (junior, history) said. “Indiana is such a small town, and Kohl’s is a such a big store. The mall is already losing a lot of people and customers. maybe this will bring them back.”

The opening of the store could serve a need for students who revealed in a March 4 ThePenn article that they “see more clothing stores” in Indiana’s vacant areas.

Tracy Gordish (freshman, sociology) is also excited. 

“I’m extremely pleased,” she said. “We need more of a variety.”

“I’m excited too,” Karen Mack (junior, English education) said. “I’ve never been to a Kohl’s before, so I’m very excited to be able to finally go.”

Kohl’s also offers redeemable rewards in the form of “Kohl’s Cash,” something many shoppers take advantage of. If you buy something during a promotional sale at Kohl’s, you’ll receive cash based on how much you spend. With the card, they automatically earn $10 for every $50 they spend either in store or online. 

To some students, this is an easy way to not only save money, but also get more bang for their buck.

“I feel like we don’t have many stores with a lot of variety in them, and Kohl’s has that,” Emily Miller (senior, speech pathology) said. “Plus, I love Kohl’s cash and use it all the time. It really helps with saving money and earning awards for that.”

Some students just seem happy for the inflow Kohl’s could bring to Indiana.

“I think it will bring more people to Indiana, as well as help the commerce here,” Samantha Joyce (senior, disability services) said. “It gives Indiana something different and the residents something different to do.” 

“Indiana is lacking a lot in areas like stores,” Joyce said. “I’m glad we’re getting something new to replace the other stores that have left, like Sears and Bon-Ton.”

While getting a Kohl’s is appealing and exciting to some students, it won’t stop some students for still wanting more variety.

“My friend and I will make extra trips to Greensburg just to go to Target,” Mastroianni said. “We really need one here. 

“I’d like a PetValue,” Kaleigh Shission said. “It’s just a nice atmosphere, and the pets are easier to get to. It’s like a blend of Petco and PetSmart but bigger and easier to access.”


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