NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Proving once again why it ranks among the best-run companies in the department-store sector,

Kohl's

(KSS) - Get Report

is preparing to cut the ribbon on 37 stores next week.

The new openings, which will take place on Sept. 30 in six states -- California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, Texas and Utah -- will create 5,200 new jobs.

At a time when most

retailers are in shuttering mode,

Kohl's is using consolidation to its advantage.

The Wisconsin-based department-store chain picked up locations from the bankruptcy of

Mervyn's

. Of the 37 new Kohl's openings, the vast majority -- 35 -- are former Mervyn's stores.

--Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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