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We visited a TJ Maxx in the US and a TK Maxx the UK and found that both had an eclectic, if not a bit messy, mix of merchandise

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There are a few big differences between TJ Maxx in the US and TK Maxx in the UK.

  • The TJX Companies operates a number of department stores around the globe.
  • TJ Maxx is the company’s flagship chain in the US. That brand’s known as TK Maxx in the UK.
  • Insider visited a TJ Maxx in the US and a TK Maxx in the UK to compare the stores.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The TJX Companies is an international department store company with more than 4,500 locations around the world. It’s the corporation behind brands like Marshall’s and HomeGoods.

In the United States, its flagship store is TJ Maxx. In the United Kingdom, the chain goes by the name TK Maxx.

Insider looked into the differences and similarities between TJ Maxx and TK Maxx. Here’s what we saw while visiting two stores separated by both a single letter and the Atlantic Ocean.

The TK Maxx we went to in the UK was on a busy road in Leeds city center.

TK Maxx UK Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

In the UK, TJ Maxx changed its name to avoid being confused with the UK-based discount department-store chain TJ Hughes.

TK Maxx UK Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

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This is what you see when you enter the Leeds store. When we visited, it was surprisingly busy for a Tuesday afternoon.

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We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The TJ Maxx went visited was located on the south side of Indianapolis.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

Given that we visited during work hours on a week day, the store was relatively quiet, with just a few shoppers milling about.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

At the TK Maxx, we started off by visiting the health and beauty section. There was a sign saying that there were no testers for the makeup …

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… but loads of people had already opened the packaging.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

There was a mix of popular brands, like Maybelline and L’Oréal, and lesser-known ones, like Becca and Pop Beauty.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The clearance makeup section was even messier.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

They’d taken better steps in the fragrance department by putting products into sealed boxes.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

In comparison, the section for body and bath was beautiful, with the products neatly stacked and color-coordinated.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

In the US, the makeup section also carried some heavy-hitting brands like Marc Jacobs.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

The aisle also had a sign warning prospective shoplifters.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

The American version of the haircare, fragrance, and body and bath section was a little less eye-catching, but still well-organized.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

And it had a few fancy-looking selections.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

At the TK Maxx, the women’s clothing section was a bit hit and miss. Some display racks, like this, had empty spaces …

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… while others were fully stocked.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

Some of the displays were a bit boring, though.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

There was also a Gold Label section for high-end clothes, like this Victoria Beckham dress that cost £199.99 (around $275), down from £1,299.99 (around $1,785) …

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… though these weren’t displayed very attractively, either.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The Gold Label section also had a display for designer bags …

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… and shoes, even though the shoe section confusingly had its own display for Gold Label shoes, too.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The TJ Maxx store in Indianapolis was dominated by a large, expansive clothing section.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

As far as we could see, the Indianapolis store didn’t have a corresponding Gold Label section.

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In the women’s clothing section, we wandered through row after row of garments sorted by size.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

In the UK, the floor dedicated to clothing also boasted a jewelry counter …

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… aisles of beautifully color-coordinated bags …

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… and glasses which you had to put in a box after trying on so that staff could clean them.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

In the one-story TJ Maxx in the US, the purses were all up at the front of the store, near the windows …

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

… and next to a rather jumbled-up jewelry counter.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

In the UK, the shoe section had similar COVID-safety measures, with a sign telling you to wear disposable socks when you were trying on shoes …

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… but we couldn’t find any of the disposable socks anywhere.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The shoe section was huge, and I’m glad I wasn’t looking for anything in particular because I think I would have struggled to find it.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

In the US, the shoe section was similarly large …

TJ Maxx
We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

… with tons of options.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

The only difference was the TJ Maxx’s shoe section had large sections that were totally empty.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

At TK Maxx, the upstairs was dedicated almost entirely to women’s items. Downstairs were men’s clothing, kid’s products, and homeware.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The men’s clothing section generally seemed much tidier than the women’s.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

There were a few football t-shirts, although none for our local team.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

There were lots of well known brands, and a display dedicated to ’90s-style sportswear.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

At the Indianapolis store, the menswear section offered a number of selections. We noticed that it was especially heavy on flannel shirts.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

The US store also had jerseys for a local team, the Indianapolis Colts.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

Oddly enough, there was also sports merchandise for the Seattle Mariners, a football team located over 2,000 miles away.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

The men’s department at the UK TK Maxx also had a small Gold Label section …

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We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… as well as these £7.99 ($11) “Rick and Morty” t-shirts.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The TK Maxx had one corner of the men’s section dedicated to suitcases, too.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

Finally we moved onto the homeware section.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The food section sold all sorts, ranging from tea and honey to huge jars of olives and salt in glass containers shaped like Italy.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

There were also some homeware items you probably wouldn’t think of coming to TK Maxx for, like general cleaning products …

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… and pet toys.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

As ever, though, the clearance section was the best part of the TK Maxx homeware department.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

Alongside jigsaws, paintbrushes, and greetings cards, highlights included a lone gender-reveal piñata …

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

… and this $550 item in a box sealed with a security tag. The back of the box was blank, and we had no clue what the item was or why it cost so much.

TK Maxx Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The home décor and goods section of the US store was probably the most robust, as well.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

It was chock full of different kitchen and bath essentials …

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

… as well as a slew of autumnal decorations. The layout and organization was more pleasing in this section than in other parts of the Indianapolis store.

TJ Maxx
We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

By the checkouts at the TK Maxx, there were all sorts of seemingly random items lined up together, like men’s underwear, toy cars, and bedding.

TK Maxx Leeds inside
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

The big standout near the cash registers at the TJ Maxx was the table exhorting prospective workers to sign up for an interview.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

In the US, TJ Maxx’s motto was once “get the maxx for the minimum price.” We’d say that the Indianapolis store was certainly maxed out in terms of having a wide selection of goods.

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We visited a TJ Maxx in Indianapolis.

Overall, the UK store was true to its logo – we saw a lot of big brands, but they were hidden behind a lot of chaos, too.

TK Maxx UK Leeds
We visited a TK Maxx in Leeds city center.

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