Fast-growing value-priced retail giant Kohl's Department Stores on Monday announced it will create more than 4,200 jobs in southern California when it opens 28 new stores next Spring.

The Wisconsin-based company plans to open eight stores in Orange County, seven stores in Los Angeles County, three stores in Ventura County and five stores each in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The firm's latest expansion creates its first coast-to-coast presence for the firm, which posted sales of nearly $7.5 billion in 2001.

"Shoppers around the country have embraced our store concept, and we're excited about working alongside our new neighbors to bring the same level of service to Southern California shoppers," said David Eske, Kohl's vice president/regional manager.