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Store debuts new look
Kohl's celebrates makeover this weekend
Kohl's manager Larry Wilkerson points out different areas of the store in Cumming that have been remodeled. - photo by Autumn McBride

A Cumming department store has a new look, which will be officially unveiled during a grand reopening ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday.

Kohl's on Market Place Boulevard has been undergoing renovations for the past two months, said manager Larry Wilkerson.

"It's a complete rebuild, everything is rebuilt," he said. "We started the last week in January. Right after we rolled out of the holiday season, we started preparing for this remodel."

Wilkerson said the department store, which offers everything from home goods and clothing to shoes and jewelry, opened in Cumming a decade ago.

"It was time for a facelift," he said, noting grand reopening sales and giveaways will be offered Friday and Saturday.

The manager said the process has been going on in the overnight hours Sunday through Thursday over the past eight weeks.

"We had about 50 associates along with about 50 construction workers in here rebuilding each night," Wilkerson.

The store changes include upgrades to the facade, parking lot, doors and landscaping outside, as well as to nearly every department inside.

Wilkerson said when customers walk in the doors, they'll notice that customer service, previously in the back of the store, is next to the entrance.

In addition, new cash registers, flooring and lighting have been installed.

"We're particularly proud of the lighting," he said. "Kohl's is the No. 1 retailer for 'green' companies in the nation, so as we worked through the remodel we kept 'green' in mind."

He explained that the light fixtures are energy efficient, using about one-third of the power of the old ones while putting out twice as much light.

"These new lights just make everything so much brighter and nicer to look at," he said.

Adjustments to the jewelry section include lower counters, allowing customers to more easily see the products, Wilkerson said.

New fitting areas have been added and the juniors, misses, men's and shoe departments have been expanded.

Assistant manager Peggy Curry said most customers have been excited about the changes.

"All the customers have given us positive feedback," she said. "The juniors and jewelry sections are two of the favorite areas."

Customer Nora Lupo said she likes the new look.

"I spend a lot of my life here," Lupo said. "I love this store and I love the people. The changes are good.

"The dressing rooms are much more open and everything is more convenient to find."

The Cumming site is one of just two Kohl's in Georgia to be remodeled at this time, joining the Hiram location.

Wilkerson said locations in Dacula and Marietta will be the next to be upgraded.

"They selected our store [for the first round of remodeling] because we're a good store for the company," Wilkerson said. "The customers love our Kohl's and we want to love them back with this new store."