Kohl’s Vs. T.J. Maxx: Christmas Shopping Review

Kohl’s has around 1,100 nationwide stores and T.J. Maxx has nearly 1,300 stores across the US. Pedestrians walk past a T.J. Maxx store in Boston. Reuters Source: Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx As inflation forces shoppers to spend less, Kohl’s reported a 7% decrease in Q3 net sales, while T.J. Maxx and […]

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Kohl’s has around 1,100 nationwide stores and T.J. Maxx has nearly 1,300 stores across the US.

FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians walk past a T.J. Maxx store in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., February 21, 2017.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Pedestrians walk past a T.J. Maxx store in Boston.

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Source: Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx

As inflation forces shoppers to spend less, Kohl’s reported a 7% decrease in Q3 net sales, while T.J. Maxx and its sister companies Marshalls and Sierra saw a 3% growth.

Screenshot of third quarter earnings for Kohl's.

A screenshot of the third quarter earnings report from Kohl’s.

Kohl’s


Source: T.J. Maxx, Kohl’s, Insider

The first store we visited was Kohl’s in Upland, California, on a Monday afternoon around 2 p.m. Upland is a suburb about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

Kohl's in Upland California.

The outside of Bauter’s local Kohl’s in Upland, CA.

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Located near the entrance was a selection of toys aimed at holiday shoppers. My mom quickly made a friend.

Danielle Bauter's mom shopping at Kohl's

Bauter’s mom posing next to a jumbo-sized fox plush at Kohl’s.

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Kohl’s also had an extraordinary selection of games and puzzles.

Games and puzzle section at Kohl's.

The games and puzzle section at Kohl’s.

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At Kohl’s, almost everything was on sale, Adidas included. I appreciated how prices were clearly marked and that similar items were displayed together.

Adidas clothing was marked down, along with other name brands like Nike.

Adidas clothing was marked down, along with other name brands like Nike.

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I was also drawn to the Levi’s display, and I appreciated that the jeans were folded neatly, making it easier to find the right size.

Levi’s jeans stacked neatly in rows.

Levi’s jeans stacked neatly in rows inside Kohl’s.

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The one exception to the store’s organization was the clearance sections in each department. In the shoe department, shoes were spilling onto the floor with no real semblance of order.

The messy clearance section.

Kohl’s messy clearance shoes section.

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Kohl’s also had a large selection of luggage, with prices marked down to 50% off for American Tourister.

Luggage was marked down by at least 50%

Luggage was marked down by at least 50%.

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But once again, the clearance section was a mess.

Household items on clearance at Kohl’s.

Household items on clearance at Kohl’s.

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There was quite a selection of comforter sets that were marked down to 40% or 50% off.

Madison Park comforter sets on sale.

Madison Park comforter sets on sale at Kohl’s.

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Surprisingly, I found Lands’ End coats at Kohl’s. I thought Lands’ End clothing was only available online, so I made a mental note of this.

Lands' End coats on display.

Lands’ End coats on display at Kohl’s.

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There was also a selection of stylish purses by Simply Vera Vera Wang. The renowned designer started the collection for Kohl’s in 2007. I loved how they were neatly displayed and organized.

Simply Vera by Vera Wang.

The Simply Vera Vera Wang collection is carried exclusively at Kohl’s.

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Source: Kohl’s

At the back of the store was a whole wall of Lego merchandise, with games for all ages.

Lego lovers will find many treasures at Kohl’s.

Lego lovers will find many treasures at Kohl’s.

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Former reality TV star and lifestyle maven Lauren Conrad also has a line at Kohl’s.

LC Lauren Conrad clothing is available at Kohl’s.

LC Lauren Conrad clothing is available at Kohl’s.

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The jewelry department boasted sales up to 60% off, and watches by such brands as Bulova and Seiko.

The jewelry display case at Kohl’s.

The jewelry display case at Kohl’s.

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At Kohl’s I saw about 15 people in the store, while T.J. Maxx had at least three times that many. This may have been because it was a little later in the day.

Visiting TJ Maxx in Upland.

The outside of Bauter’s local T.J. Maxx in Upland, CA.

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Unlike Kohl’s, The T.J. Maxx accessories department was right near the front of the store, which included a selection of handbags, scarves, hats, and neck pillows.

Accessories on display at TJ Maxx.

Handbags on display at T.J. Maxx.

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The luggage section was perhaps the most organized in the store, even though it was right next to the accessories.

Luggage stacked neatly in rows at TJ Maxx.

The luggage was organized in neat rows at T.J. Maxx.

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The jewelry department also had no semblance of order, and prices were not clearly marked.

Miscellaneous jewelry clustered together.

Miscellaneous jewelry were grouped together at T.J. Maxx.

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Even though T.J. Maxx had a large selection of handbags and wallets, I just couldn’t get over the clutter enough to want to browse through it.

The massive selection of purses and handbags at TJ Maxx.

The massive selection of purses and handbags at T.J. Maxx.

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The bath and body display was similarly cluttered, with no separation by particular brands. Prices were marked individually and most seemed to be marked down by about 30%.

Lotions, soaps, and other body care items at TJ Maxx.

T.J. Maxx has an unorganized section filled with lotions, soaps, and other body care items.

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