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Kohl’s will be building a brand new store in downtown Williamsport. The city will once again have a major department downtown. The store will be built at Third and Williams Sts. Construction will begin over the summer and the store is projected to open in October.
The City of Williamsport owns the lot and was paid $1.6 million now and will receive another $1 million after the site pad is prepped on March 15th. That will certainly fill the city coffers.
Williamsport, like many cities, lost much of their downtown after the Lycoming Mall opened and as strip shopping centers and big box retailers sprung up around the city and suburban areas. I remember shopping at L.L. Stearns & Sons downtown back in the 60’s and 70’s. Stearns was Williamsport’s big downtown department store back in the day.
Congratulations to Williamsport city officials for their perseverance. It paid off handsomely.