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Kohl's opens nine new stores

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. -- Kohl’s Department Stores announced the grand opening of nine new stores across seven states, which the company said will create more than 1,200 jobs.

The new stores were opened Illinois, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition, Kohl's plans to open a total of approximately 40 new stores in 2011. The company said it also plans to remodel approximately 100 stores in 2011, an 18% increase from 2010.

"We are pleased to be in a position to create more than 1,200 jobs, as Kohl's continues to grow and build market share in a challenging economy," said Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We continue to bring customers new stores where they can enjoy quality national and exclusive brands at exceptional values. Additionally, we are investing in our existing store base, to keep the customer experience fresh and exciting, by remodeling 100 stores this year alone."