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An ode to those old arched Kohl's grocery stores still standing in Milwaukee

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Every week on Urban Spelunking, Radio Milwaukee’s Nate Imig and OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo dig into the buildings and architectural features that help retain the city’s sense of history while it builds for the future.

If you've lived in the Milwaukee area for a couple decades or more, you surely remember when a trip to Kohl's could very well have meant picking up a few brats for the grill and rolls from the bakery.

Long before Kohl's became the department store and online retail giant it is today, it flourished as a modern supermarket chain in Milwaukee — back when the supermarket itself was an innovation. On this Urban Spelunking episode, we pay homage to the instantly recognizable architectural design still standing around Milwaukee and talk about how the original store has continued to serve the neighborhood as a Balistreri's Sendik's near 86th and North Avenue.

Listen to this week's episode, check out Bobby's complete story at to learn more about the Kohl's legacy, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss a very special episode this Friday. We'll be talking about "Milwaukee Revealed," the "spiritual successor" to the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee