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Kohl's slated for Melody Mountain in Ashland

Mar. 01, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

ASHLAND -- The last big piece of a planned $10 million expansion on Melody Mountain fell in place this week as Kohl's announced it was coming to Ashland in 2014.

The developer, RG Properties of Dayton, Ohio, announced in a press release that Kohl's would be locating in a 55,000-square-foot building on the site, which overlooks the Ashland Town Center Mall.

Dick's Sporting Goods and PetSmart announced plans earlier to locate on the site, which already has a Wal-Mart and O'Charley's and Outback Steakhouse restaurants.

Combined, the new retailers are expected to bring 300 jobs to the city. There also will be about 75 construction jobs, according to the news release.

Dick's and PetSmart are planning to open new stores this fall. Dick's will have a 50,000-square-foot building while PetSmart will have a 12,000-square-foot building. There also will be another 3,200 square feet of retail shops, according to Bo Gunlock, vice president of asset management for the developer.

"It's official," said Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles. "I'm excited to have that level of retailer coming to Ashland. They're already moving ground now."

The site development is under way on the project. The Dick's and PetSmart are expected to open before the Christmas shopping season, Charles said.

"While we had other potential users for the site, we decided it was in everyone's best interest to wait for what we feel will be the best for the center," Gunlock said in a prepared release. "After researching the market, we felt Kohl's was the right choice for Melody Mountain."

"The Ashland city officials really went above and beyond to help make this happen," Gunlock said in the release. "Enough cannot be said for how much that extra effort means to new retailers entering the market."

The developer also plans to extend a sidewalk to the site and improve the entrance off U.S. 23 and make improvements on the road between the two restaurants, Charles said. As part of the project, RG Properties will install LED lights at the site, according to the release.

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