T.J. Maxx to open first Olympia store

sept. 30: Clothing retailer will occupy old Borders building at Westfield Capital mall

rboone@theolympian.comAugust 6, 2012 

Apparel and accessories retailer T.J. Maxx will open its first store in Olympia next month, occupying a building at Westfield Capital mall left vacant by a Borders bookstore.

The store is set to open at 8 a.m. Sept. 30, according to mall and company information.

“We are beyond excited to have this new retailer be a part of Westfield Capital,” said Chantelle Herburger, marketing coordinator for the mall.

Once the Olympia store opens, T.J. Maxx will operate 17 stores in the state. It also has a store in Tacoma and is set to open one in Puyallup on Sept. 9, according to the T.J. Maxx website.

The Borders store, which was in an area of the mall called The Promenade, closed last year after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

T.J. Maxx is one of several new stores to fill vacancies at the mall. Apparel store Forever 21 and outdoor store REI occupied most of the space left empty when Mervyns closed.

Other recent openings include: Sephora, a beauty-products retailer that opened inside JCPenney; Maurice’s, a women’s fashion store; G By Guess, which focuses on young-adult fashion and The Walking Company, a shoe store.

The following stores are set to open this month: Paisley’s Cafe, a coffee and sandwich business; Earthbound Trading Co., a home decor, accessories and clothing retailer and Vans, a shoe store. The mall also plans to add a family-dining space in its food court and upgrade its children’s play space.

T.J. Maxx is a division of the TJX Companies Inc., based in Framingham, Mass. The T.J. Maxx brand was launched in 1976. The same company also owns Marshalls, which it acquired in 1995, according to the company’s annual report. Marshalls has a store in Lacey at South Sound Center.

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