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TJ Maxx is TK Maxx in Europe.

The discount store has two names in different parts of the world.

Hannah Docter-Loeb

TJ Maxx is an American discount store dating back to the 1970s, and the company opened its first European location in the 90s. 

But the UK was already home to a discount store called TJ Hughes, which opened in the early 1900s. The company still has 13 stores across England and Scotland. 

TJ Maxx changed its European-branch name to TK Maxx to avoid confusion. There are now over 500 stores across the UK, Ireland, Poland, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. 

Luckily, its products are just as good in Europe as they are back in the states. My first week, my boots broke, and my TK Maxx replacements have lasted me the entire trip.

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