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Customers enter the soon-to-close Kohl’s in Millbrae.
Those looking to go clothing shopping in Millbrae will soon have one less option now that Kohl’s at Millbrae Square Shopping Center is closing.
The Kohl’s Corporation confirmed the clothing and household goods franchise plans on shutting down its 855 Broadway location in April. The space was long housed by Mervyn’s until 2008 when the Kohl’s Corporation, in partnership with Forever 21, won a joint $6.25 million bid for the leaseholds of 46 Mervyn’s locations including the Mervyn’s in Millbrae. There is still no word on what will replace the most recent department store.
Mayor Wayne Lee said he’s sorry to see Kohl’s go.
“We’re going to lose an anchor store that brings in about $100,000 in taxes,” he said. “At the same time, it could provide vibrancy to that area (with the opening of a new store).”
Employees will be able to find jobs at other Kohl’s, said Julia Fennelly, public relations representative for Kohl’s.
“Kohl’s customers can continue to find great values at the 23 remaining greater San Francisco-Oakland area locations, or in any of the 128 Kohl’s stores throughout the state of California,” Fennelly said in an email. “We are pleased to share that all Kohl’s associates have been offered positions at other stores in the area. Those choosing not to relocate are being offered severance packages.”
Walt Kelly, a lifetime Millbrae resident, is concerned about the closure, especially because the store was one of the few places in the city to go clothing shopping.
“I hate to see them leave,” he said. “I don’t see the logic in closing the only store in town that’s making money. They have good quality, affordable [products] for low-income people.”
Meanwhile, Councilwoman Anne Oliva said the space could be better filled.
“I hate to see anybody good go,” she said. “Like in any business, in regards to Kohl’s, anybody is replaceable. For the employees, bigger and better things will come their way.”
Councilwoman Marge Colapietro said she was sad to hear about the closure, especially because it will be jobs lost.
“I’m hoping the owners will maybe want to have a meeting with the city to discuss ... in advance what types of businesses we would like to see there,” she said. “Hopefully, it will be a business that attracts people from throughout Bay Area and will be retail that will generate revenue for our city.”
Other Millbrae residents were sad to hear the news as well. Clara Pacini said she goes to the Kohl’s in Millbrae once or twice a week and, with the closure, she will probably go to the Kohl’s in Colma.
“I really don’t like it (the closure),” she said. “This is a surprise.”
Local management could not comment on the store’s closure.
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