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A smaller version of a Kohl’s Department Store will open later this year at the Indiana Mall.

The store will occupy much of the remaining space that once housed Sears.

White Township officials said Tuesday that Terry Lichtenfels of TKL Code Inspection Services Inc. approved a permit April 2 for Zamias Services Inc. to locate an outlet of the Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based chain there.

There also is a permit posted on what had been an entrance to the old Sears for a “demising wall” within the former Sears. White Township Assistant Manager Chris Anderson said that’s a permit for a wall of separation within the open space that would not be load-bearing. It was granted to Zamias on March 11.

Meanwhile, the Kohl’s career website lists two job openings for a manager and assistant manager at what it describes as a store in the vicinity of Oakland Avenue and Indian Springs Road in White Township. According to the website, the manager would lead “overall store operation including responsibility for sales, credit, customer service, retention, human resources, profit and loss, inventory, expense management and store presentation.”

The website said responsibilities for the assistant manager “include leading the store (in) associate development, supervision of merchandise sales areas to ensure execution according to Kohl’s best practices, communications, analysis of business operations, expense management, and general management of the store.”

Despite all that, Zamias officials were reluctant to talk about it and Kohl’s wouldn’t acknowledge it.

“Thank you for your interest in Kohl’s,” an investor relations spokes-person emailed to the Gazette. “However, we do not comment on our plans for new stores.”

Still, the smaller-sized location at Indiana Mall fits a pattern started by Kohl’s a year ago.

The smallest of Kohl’s store formats, the 35,000-square-foot stores have 60 percent less space and 60 percent less inventory than a standard Kohl’s store. Kohl’s currently operates 13 such stores.

A company news release from March 2018 said that pattern includes “opening smaller format stores” as well as other ways to assure that “stores remain at the core of Kohl’s omnichannel strategy.”

Indiana Mall is about halfway between existing Kohl’s in North Huntingdon (36 miles away), Monroeville (37) and Altoona (41).