The Rise and Stall of Kohl's Department Stores

I worked for Kohl’s Department Stores as a senior executive from 1994 to 2000. After leaving, I realized that no one had ever written a book about the early beginnings and subsequent explosive growth of the company (like other books on Nordstrom and WalMart). So in 2001 I actually spent some time and wrote a book primarily about the success of the company, and actually tried to get it published, to no avail (actually, one prominent publisher was very interested, but they insisted that Kohl’s be willing to sell the book at point of sale in all of their stores, something which never was going to happen)! As it turned out, the rapid April stock splits of 1996, 1998 and 2000 have yet to occur again, and the ‘success story’ of Kohl’s has tarnished a bit over the last several years. As a result, I’ve had to add an epilogue and decided to change the title of the book.

UPDATE 9/2/2019: Please note that the above was on my blog posted in November, 2007. If anyone would like a digital copy of my book, please email at, and I’d be glad to send you a pdf.