New stores bringing life back to Kentucky Oaks Mall

PADUCAH – After months of sitting vacant, the former Sears location at Kentucky Oaks Mall is finally being filled. Burlington will be the first of many stores to fill what some thought was a dying mall.

“I’m excited about Burlington. I think they are going to have some of the things that I want,” says Donna Johnson.

Johnson shops at Kentucky Oaks Mall often. She says it will be great to have more options when shopping.

“If I want something, I like to be able to come and get it and pick it up right then instead of waiting for it to be shipped. Quite a few of my stores have closed that I do a lot of shopping at, so you got to find something new,” Johnson says.

Mall property manager Don Ellis says the new stores are a part of a season of growth for the mall.

“You’re going to see a mall with new stores and just a lot of positive things happening,” says Ellis.

Ellis says shoppers can expect to see a different mall in the coming months.

“Come see us from now until Christmas, and you’re going to see a different mall in the coming months,” Ellis says.

One of the other stores that will be coming in the mall is H&M, which will be located at the old Shoe Dept. location. Retailer Ross Dress for Less will also move into a space that was once part of the old Sears location.

Ellis hopes each new store will bring in more customers.

“Kentucky Oaks Mall is alive and well, and it’s something that we are proud of — Kentucky Oaks and the Cafaro Company,” says Ellis.

Burlington will have its grand opening at 9 a.m. on Friday.

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