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UPDATED: Kohl's adds jobs, tax revenue, convenience in Canyon Country

Canyon Country gets big retail center

Posted: October 1, 2008 12:55 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Jackie Worden, from Saugus, shops for shoes during the official grand opening of Kohl's at The Plaza in Canyon Country on Wednesday morning.

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Updated at 9:40 p.m.
“For 22 years I’ve had to drive to Saugus and Valencia to do all my shopping,” Canyon Country resident Laura Eskilson said Wednesday.

The opening of a retail store just minutes from home “couldn’t be better,” she said.

The popular clothing retailer Kohl’s officially opened its doors to hundreds of anxious Canyon Country shoppers Wednesday at its grand opening on Golden Valley Road.

Two Kohl’s employees helped Eskilson haul baskets of merchandise from the check-out counters to her car in the packed parking lot.

“When I opened the flier, they had exactly what I was looking for,” Eskilson said.

Eskilson was ecstatic her shopping was done so early and could easily hop right on Highway 14 to head to work in Burbank.

Kohl’s is the second business to open at the 620,000-square-foot retail center, located between Golden Valley Road and Via Princessa east of Highway 14, the first major shopping center to open in Canyon Country.

Eskilson believes the store will benefit her Canyon Country neighbors as well as Acton, Agua Dulce, and Palmdale residents who can easily access the store on their way to work through the Newhall Pass.
City officials, Kohl’s employees and customers believe the store and plaza will bring refreshing change to the community.

“We’re thrilled to see Kohl’s open over there on the east side of the valley,” said Jason Crawford, the city’s Economic Development manager.

The Plaza’s expected sales tax revenue for the 2008/09 fiscal year is projected to be between $900,000 and $943,500, according to Laura Biery, administrative analyst for the city’s economic development department.

The revenue will add much-appreciated money to city coffers, Crawford said.

The new store created 130 job openings, most of which Kohl’s officials filled with Santa Clarita residents, said store manager Juan Diaz.

Lyn Russell, a Canyon Country resident, is enjoying her new job as a greeter.

“I’m excited there’s another store way closer to me,” she said.

Patricia Brown, a Santa Clarita resident since the 1960’s, said she hopes there is enough people to support the new Kohl’s. “It’s nice to have this kind of shopping on this side of the valley,” said Brown who was browsing in the women’s department for Christmas gifts.

Kohl’s managers and employees hope the number of customers and positive feedback are indicators of the store’s potential.

“My husband always wanted there to be a store like this close by,” said Canyon Country resident Betty Liscomb. “He died a year and half ago. I’m sorry he’s not here to see this.”

Red-and-white sale signs extending up to 60 percent off topped almost all the racks. Diaz believes the new Kohl’s has even more to offer than good sales and merchandise.

This store has updated fixtures, a more open layout, and a residential feel with wood flooring and Cherry Oak bathrooms, he said.

“This building is one 47 Kohl’s opening today that is (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified meaning completely green,” he said.

Thirty-five percent of the green materials purchased to build the stores were bought locally, said Diaz.

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