Sometimes, you just want to wander the halls of TJ Maxx and by lots of things that you probably don’t NEED, but definitely want. And if you’re in the UK, it’s normal to wonder whether there’s a TJ Maxx in London or the UK.
Hey, sidenote! If you’re traveling to the UK, whether for a short period of time or as an expat, why don’t you join my Facebook group where you can ask questions, get advice or just look at pretty pictures of this part of the world! Just click here to request to join and I’ll add you!
From back to school shopping to shopping for your first apartment to shopping for a pair of running shoes that will make you look like you know what you’re doing but not cost so much you actually have to commit to exercise, TJ Maxx is just plain awesome.
So, here we go, the answer to the question is…
“Is there a TJ Maxx in the UK or England or London?”
is no, there is no TJ Maxx in the United Kingdom, but yes, there is a TK Maxx. Is TK Maxx the same thing as TJ Maxx? More on that in a bit.
Before I confused you too much and you just want to hit me over the head and tell me that it doesn’t matter – you just want that shirt for 9.99, I thought I’d help you visitors or expats to the UK with some additional resources.
It takes everything you think you know about the UK and either explains it or shows you what you’re really getting yourself into (major small talk and frequent tea breaks, woo!)
In addition, I’ve got some resources for you to help make your trip to the UK or London slightly less confusing and way more fun – if you consider being smushed up against the glass on the tube while desperately wishing you hadn’t switched lines at Oxford Circus.
Okay, but seriously, if you’re a short term visitor to the UK, check out my guide to understanding UK money and surviving the London Underground – two very important things that you should really figure out before you get here. If you don’t, you’ll look like a real idiot at the cash register and while traveling back and forth.
If you’re a longer term visitor to the UK, say an expat or a study abroad student, I’d like to draw your attention to my articles about culture shock (because you will go through it, even if you think you won’t), as well as my hilarious and treacherous story about how I learned to drive in the UK.
- Culture Shock: The Things We Don’t Talk About
- An American Girl’s Guide to Surviving the London Underground
- Understanding UK Money: Pence, Not Cents!
- Driving in England as an American: An Apology to UK Drivers
Okay, so now that you’re all clued up, let’s move on to whether there’s a TJ Maxx in the UK.
History of TJ Maxx in the UK
So, I’ve got to be honest here. You won’t find a store that says TJ Maxx in the UK. I don’t care how hard you look, it just won’t happen.
TK Maxx, on the other hand, is both in London and across the UK. The first one opened in Bristol in 1994, and since then it has been spreading across the nation, providing clothing and home decor bargains to British people and other Europeans.
In 2007, it looked as if TK Maxx was winding down, but in 2008 they opened a really popular store on Kensington High Street (a very fancy area) and that TK Maxx was actually my first ever introduction to the brand.
TK Maxx also takes places in tons of charity events, such as the UK’s Red Nose Day and partnered with the Woodland Trust to start charging for plastic bags before it was law in the UK to charge for them. As of 2015, there are over 500 TK Maxx stores across the UK and Europe.
But I bet you’re still wondering…um, okay, but is there a TJ Maxx in London or the UK?
Is TK Maxx the Same Thing as TJ Maxx?
Yes, TK Maxx is the same store as TJ Maxx. TK Maxx is the same company as TJ Maxx. I repeat, TK Maxx and TJ Maxx are IDENTIAL TWINS (almost).
They are run by the larger holding group TJX companies, and the only reason TK Maxx isn’t called TJ Maxx is because there was another British company called T. J Hughes that might have caused some confusion.
So TK Maxx was born, but besides the single variable letter, you’ll feel exactly like you’ve walked into a TJ Maxx when you go in the store.
Same layouts, same styles, same color scheme, same branding, and same rows and rows of things that you could do without but end up buying all the same.
You’re welcome, TJ Maxx lovers in England. Have an amazing time!