One of the biggest open secrets in LaGrange in a while was confirmed when a sign saying “TJ Maxx coming soon” came up in front of the LaGrange Mall.
The store should open Aug. 25.
TJ Maxx has yet to make an official announcement, however, mall owner Hull Storey Gibson Companies said it was pleased to add the department store chain to the mall’s offerings.
“We are very pleased that TJ Maxx has chosen the LaGrange Mall as the site for their new store,” said Ky Widener, senior vice president of leasing. “We would like to extend a particular thanks to Page Estes (president, LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce), as her enthusiastic confidence in LaGrange and Troup County was instrumental in attracting TJ Maxx to the market. The addition of the TJ Maxx, coupled with Belk’s recent renovation and the current mall renovation that is underway, will help enhance the shopping experience for customers of the LaGrange Mall.”
Estes said she was pleased to partner with the mall to help bring TJ Maxx here.
The mall recently was granted a sign variance for its electronic sign in front of the mall, and earned praise from LaGrange City Council for bringing in the new store.
“I’m glad our residents are going to have more places to shop,” said Councilman Willie Edmondson.
The new sign won’t have any permanent signs for businesses on it, but will flash each store’s name for 10 seconds. The variance had to be granted for the size of the sign, slightly larger than the current one, along with the 10-second interval.
The mall isn’t the only place for retail activity. PetSense will open in the Publix shopping center on Aug. 7.
Robin J. Muir, director of real estate development for the Arizona-based chain, said his company normally locates in smaller markets and has had an eye on LaGrange for about a year. The company has stores in Thomaston and Griffin. The store offers full grooming services and supports local humane societies in adoption of animals.
Estes said she’s thrilled to see retail recruitment efforts pay off. A pet supply store was identified in a need in a recent retail study spearheaded by the chamber. TJ Maxx fills several needs that were identified in the study.
“This is a step in the right direction in matching new retail with our existing local businesses and specialty shops,” she said.