UPDATE 1-Kohl's to accept Amazon returns in 82 stores

(Adds analyst comment, shares)

Sept 19 (Reuters) - Department store operator Kohl's Corp said select merchandise bought from Amazon.com Inc can be returned at 82 Kohl's stores in Los Angeles and Chicago, starting October, further strengthening its partnership with the ecommerce giant.

Kohl's shares were up 4 percent at $46.66 in morning trading.

The move follows Kohl's announcement earlier this month that it would sell Amazon's devices, including the voice-controlled speaker Echo, at 10 of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Kohl's and other retailers such as Sears Holdings Corp are teaming up with Amazon - which has dented sales at retailers across the United States - ahead of the holiday season.

The announcement should serve as an additional traffic driver at Kohl's, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik said, adding that he expects the returns program to be expanded across the company's stores.

Kohl's, which has reported declining sales for the last six quarters, said on Tuesday it would package and transport all returned items to Amazon's return centers.

Amazon has also been increasing its presence in brick-and-mortar stores and bought upmarket grocer Whole Foods Market in June. (Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Anil D'Silva)