• Kohl’s same-store sales surged 6.3% in the holiday period.
  • The growth suggests Kohl’s is scooping up market share from the rash of stores closing across the country, most of which are tied to shopping malls.
  • Nine out of 10 Kohl’s stores are in suburban strip malls and other areas away from enclosed shopping malls, the company says.

Kohl’s is defying the retail apocalypse.

The retailer’s same-store sales surged 6.3% in the critical holiday period, which is far stronger than the gains made by rivals like Macy’s that recently reported a 1.3% uptick in same-store sales.

The results suggest Kohl’s is scooping up market share from the rash of stores closing across the country, most of which are tied to shopping malls.

Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears are among dozens of mall-based retailers that have closed thousands of stores over the past couple of years amid massive declines in foot traffic to shopping malls. At least another 3,000 stores are expected to close this year.

Kohl’s will continue to benefit from the closures, an analysis by Gordon Haskett Research found, as it has the highest number of locations within a five-mile radius of the 103 Sears and Kmart stores closing in April.

Kohl’s has managed to avoid the store-closure trend because it’s somewhat immune to the drop-off in mall traffic — nine out of 10 Kohl’s stores are in suburban strip malls and other areas away from enclosed shopping malls, the company says. It has about 1,100 stores across the US.

“We…