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Adding to the retail options on Sunset Drive along Waukesha's south side, Kohl's' new Off/Aisle discount store has opened in the former Kmart building.

The 25,321-square-foot store, which has joined two other tenants in the Sunset Crossings shopping center, is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to the Waukesha store at 120 E. Sunset Drive, a Kohl's Off/Aisle store opened in Wauwatosa on Sunday, March 20. That store is part of The Mayfair Collection at 11500 W. Burleigh St.

A grand opening at both stores is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

About the store

The Off/Aisle stores by Kohl's is a pilot venture, described as a discount store that will be stocked with merchandise returned to Kohl's stores and Kohls.com.

According to the Kohl's website for the Off/Aisle stores, all sales are final and customers can't make any returns or exchanges. Also, Kohl's discounts, offers, promotions, coupons and gift cards, including Kohl's Cash and Yes2You Rewards, cannot be used at the Off/Aisle stores. Kohl's Charge is not accepted either at the Off/Aisle stores.

Kohl's opened its first Off/Aisle store in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in June 2015.

The openings of these new discount stores comes on the heels of the Menomonee Falls-based company announcing it is closing 18 underperforming stores across the country, including one in Brown Deer, later this year.

Shopping center expands

The addition of the discount store in Waukesha adds to the growing shopping center across from the soon-to-open Meijer store, which will sell food, clothing and home merchandise, at Tenny Avenue and East Sunset Drive.

All of the tenants are located in the former Kmart building, which closed in 2011. Xperience Fitness, on the west side of the building, and Dollar Tree, on the far east side, opened last year.

The Kohl's Off/Aisle store, part of a $14 million renovation to the site, is located next to the Dollar Tree and Rogan's Shoes, set to open in the coming weeks, is positioned next to the 31,500-square-foot Xperience Fitness center.

In between the 12,505-square-foot shoe store and the Kohl's store, about 35,000 square feet of space remains available for another tenant.

Jon Thoresen, president of Commercial Property Associates Inc., which is the leasing agent for the center, said his company is still in negotiations with tenants, including a pet store, for that space.

There is also 13,000 square feet of space available for a proposed addition to the building directly to the east of the 11,480-square-foot Dollar Tree section.

The plan also includes space for two buildings on the property — one 3,600 square feet and another 7,000 square feet.

Earlier discussions with the developer suggested those outlot buildings could end up being leased by restaurants, though to date no definite announcements have emerged.

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