Thursday March 29, 2012

T.J.Maxx Expected to Create 60 Jobs in Port City

Retailer noted for its designer, brand name apparel, merchandise
By Lou Sorendo

    T.J.Maxx will celebrate its grand opening at its new location at the Price Chopper Plaza, 137 state Route 104 E., Oswego, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 20.

    It is owned by The TJX Companies, regarded as one of the leading retailers of apparel and home fashions in the United States and worldwide.

    The Oswego store is expected to employ approximately 60 full- and part-time associates, the typical number of associates at T.J.Maxx stores.

    “In general, when we open new stores, we look for areas with the right mix of demographics, which can include families with children, home ownership, thriving retail areas, and areas where shoppers are fashion-conscious, yet value-conscious,” said Carrie Garfield, public relations supervisor for The TJX Companies.

    “T.J.Maxx is an off-price retailer, which means that we carry the same on-trend, in season, first quality merchandise as department and specialty stores, but for much less,” Garfield said.

    “When shoppers compare price tags they will find that T.J.Maxx delivers value that goes beyond just a low price. Every item on the rack offers consumers high quality, current season designer merchandise at a great price,” she said.

    TJX operates four major divisions with chains that include T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods in the U.S.; Winners, HomeSense, and Marshalls in Canada; and T.K. Maxx and HomeSense in Europe.

    TJX generated nearly $22 billion in revenues in 2010 and has more than 2,800 stores in six countries and over 160,000 associates.

    Beth Hilton, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, sees T.J.Maxx as a valuable addition to the Oswego retail community.

    “They tend to carry a lot of designer and brand names,” she said. “I think it will help keep people in the local area to do their shopping.”

    “JC Penney certainly does a fabulous job and I know a lot of people look to them to do a lot of their purchasing,” she said. “But sometimes if you can’t find an item locally, you have no choice but to go out of town.”