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Kohl’s to Close 9 Underperforming Stores in California

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Kohl’s, which recently reported a 20 percent slip in fourth-quarter profits, on Wednesday announced plans to close 18 underperforming stores as it fights to find new and innovative ways to drive sales.

The department-store chain, based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, said in a statement that the affected stores represent less than 1 percent of total sales and that most of the closures will take place by June 19.

As many as 1,800 employees could lose their jobs, but Kohl’s said that every eligible store associate will be offered the opportunity to either work at a nearby location or accept a severance package.

“To reach this decision, Kohl’s conducted a comprehensive review of all of the markets across the country to understand every element that contributes to making a store successful—from review of the other stores in each trade area, to the rent and expenses involved in operating any location, to how each customer base is evolving and adapting to the company’s integrated omnichannel efforts,” the retailer said.

The affected stores are as follows:

• Arcadia, California
• Cypress, California
• Ladera Ranch, California
• Mira Mesa, California
• Rancho Cordova, California
• Santa Ana, California
• San Jose East, California
• Upland South, California
• West Hills, California
• Hialeah, Florida
• Tallahassee, Florida
• Holcomb Bridge, Georgia
• Lithonia, Georgia (will close Nov. 1)
• Northlake Mall, Georgia
• Saint Charles, Illinois
• Pineville, North Carolina
• Princeton, New Jersey
• Brown Deer, Wisconsin

In addition to the closures, Kohl’s plans to open seven smaller format stores in various regions around the country, as well as 12 Fila outlet stores. The retailer will also open two more Off/Aisle off-price pilots in Wisconsin.

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