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T.J. Maxx to open Cape Girardeau store

Friday, July 23, 2010

At a time when the economy is keeping many businesses from expanding, T.J. Maxx will be adding a new Cape Girardeau store to its discount retail chain.

After months of speculation by shoppers and by people online, T.J. Maxx spokeswoman Thea Houghton has confirmed that her company recently signed a lease for a store that will open here this fall.

T.J. Maxx will move into the former Goody's Family Clothing at 308 Siemers Drive, which has been vacant for the past 14 months, said Mark Kohl, manager of real estate and development with Drury Land Development.

Goody's occupied 28,000 square feet in the shopping center owned by Drury Land Development.

"T.J. Maxx was very high on our list and is a company that we've had contact with in the past," said Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce executive director John Mehner. "They are an in-demand retailer that we didn't have here. This addition solidifies our retail draw from a regional standpoint."

The location for the new T.J. Maxx store will also help bring additional traffic other retailers in that shopping center, Mehner said.

Mehner also commended Drury Land Development for "getting this deal done."

"Lots of times we provide information to businesses interested in coming here, but we don't control the price, land or the buildings," Mehner said.

T.J. Maxx has more than 800 stores nationwide and is known for offering name-brand clothing, accessories and home decor at discount prices.

The company also is advertising online at CareerBuilder.com for a manager for its new Cape Girardeau store.

Houghton declined to give an opening date for the new store or release any additional details at this time.

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Yea!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by commonsense on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 1:38 PM

OMG....that's the coolest news we've had in I don't know how long!!!!! Love TJ Maxx

-- Posted by Agnes on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 2:27 PM

I am so excited! I love TJ MAXX!!!

-- Posted by MINT4U on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 2:33 PM

Wooooo - Hoooo! Goodbye Paycheck - hello "Stuff"!

-- Posted by witchyone on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 3:26 PM

I am so excited. Hooray!

-- Posted by Happy2BHere on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 3:29 PM

Wow. I've been telling you this for over a week.

Any estimate on opening date?

-- Posted by Just__Me on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 3:29 PM
Response by Melissa Miller:
T.J.Maxx spokesperson Thea Houghton would not specify an opening date, just that the store would open sometime this fall. We will post additional details as T.J. Maxx is willing to release them.

I told drury 5 years ago we need a TJ Maxx or Marshall's cause we have lots of them in St. Louis so I thought of it first lol thanks drury for taking my idea!

-- Posted by capeguy30 on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 3:43 PM

Thumbds down to TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Burlington Coat Factory! Poor quality and Poor Service are what they are known for.

-- Posted by NoDisclosure on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 4:55 PM

whichyone, don't let the casino protestors see your post. They might want to ban all TJ Maxx's so you don't spend your whole paycheck there when it may need to be going to other things.

-- Posted by whatever24 on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 5:07 PM

Yes!! I LOVE this store!!

-- Posted by Hot Dog on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 5:20 PM

At least a empty building is being filled that is good news. I wish we could attract something big besides just retail and food chains which basically brings low paying jobs. We need something that will bring in good paying jobs maybe some day that wish will come true.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 5:36 PM

I hope no one starts a petition to stop this.

-- Posted by undertow666 on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 6:11 PM

Did Cape clear this with the QOL commission?

-- Posted by grandma73 on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 6:15 PM

that was a good one whatever24!

-- Posted by Hookie98 on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 11:26 PM

It amazes me... Some people on this board just love to complain and probably never have any happiness in their lives!!!! TJ MAXX is a great store with reasonable prices, even for a guy...

-- Posted by indian_forever on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 7:42 AM

wooooohooooo............drive that unemployment rate down with the 1 manager.......

-- Posted by mohacker on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 8:15 AM

Oh mohacker, you know there will be more than one employee in that store!

NoDisclosure, have you ever BEEN to a TJ MAXX? When we lived in Virginia that was the first place I went for clothes and shoes for my kids. They are very high quality at some very low prices. You just want to whine!

I'm with everyone else. HOORAY! TJ MAXX!

-- Posted by Maxine_the_Magnificent on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:13 AM

I'll get on the excited bandwagon. WOOHOO!!! Um I don't think I've ever been to TJMAXX, even though I'm from the St. Louis area.

-- Posted by TheArmySarge on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:19 AM

the crime rate is going to sky rocket!!!!

-- Posted by undertow666 on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:25 AM

Will they take money from the casinos and it is addictive to shop there? I do not need any more vices in my life. Someone please advise me.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:37 AM

WHAT ABOUT IHOP, CHILLIS, FRIDAYS, DOBBS AND JACK IN THE BOX? HOW BOUT A MARRIOT AND A HILTON? OR DILLARDS IN THE MALL? COME ON JOHN, KICK IN IN THE REAR.

-- Posted by UNOIT2 on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 1:14 AM


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