DANVILLE — Shopping can start bright and early Sunday morning at the newest retailer to open on North Vermilion Street.
T.J. Maxx will have its grand opening ribbon-cutting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, with the store opening for customers at 8 a.m.
The store will be open until 8 p.m. Sunday and start its regular hours on Monday of 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Reusable bags will be given to the first 1,000 customers.
The Danville T.J. Maxx is located at 3689 N. Vermilion St., next to Kohl’s. The location is 24,000 square feet in size.
Last-minute details were being taken care of, such as with the dressing rooms and other areas.
The store has easy-to-see signage of its shopping areas. There also is a single line queue for faster checkout.
Store manager is Brock Price.
In celebration of its new Danville location, T.J. Maxx will contribute to the surrounding community by presenting a $5,000 donation to WorkSource Enterprises at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The new store also will join all other stores nationwide in sponsoring a child who participates in Save the Children’s U.S. programs. T.J. Maxx also supports Autism Speaks and Joslin Diabetes Center with annual in-store fundraising campaigns.
Frank Brunacci, WorkSource Enterprises president and CEO, said the donation will help with programming and two or three persons with disabilities who benefit from WorkSource will be on hand for the grand opening.
“We’re honored to say the least,” Brunacci said. “They are a good partner.”
He said T.J. Maxx hires persons with disabilities and Meijer is great about it, too. It’s great to have them as neighbors, he said.
WorkSource is located at 3715 N. Vermilion St. Since 1971, WorkSource has provided work skills evaluation, in-house/on-site community job placement and programs that enhance and enable opportunities for persons with disabilities to independently live, work and enjoy life.
WorkSource Enterprises helps people with disabilities learn life skills like cooking, cleaning and budgeting along with vocational skills all enabling them to work and or live as independently as possible in the community.
It has a day and vocational programs to help place persons with disabilities in the workforce.
There is an average of 72 people in the day program. The program is educational and fun and helps with experience, Brunacci said.
“Work is a piece of it. Our consumers like to work. By working, you feel you’ve contributed (and earned some extra money),” Brunacci said. “It makes them feel good about themselves.”
Some of the persons with disabilities need one-on-one staff person help, depending on how severe their disability is. Others, such as in the vocational program, “you wouldn’t know they have a disability,” Brunacci said.
He said WorkSource placed 22 persons in full-time employment in the community last year.
For employers to hire people with disabilities, ranging from mental illness, developmental disabilities, brain injuries and paraplegia, and especially with the high local unemployment rate, it says a lot for the business, Brunacci said.
T.J. Maxx opens Sunday with about 60 full- and part-time employees. It is one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers with more than 1,000 stores operating in 49 states and Puerto Rico.
Departments include fashion and accessories for the entire family and home, jewelry, beauty, pet accessories, toys and more. There are areas of active wear and yoga mats, baby clothes, Halloween costumes, shoes and dresses.
“We are pleased to expand our store base to Danville, delivering value and an exciting selection of fashion to serve the needs of customers,” said Richard Sherr, president of T.J. Maxx, in a press release.
“With thousands of new items from top designers and brands arriving in each store every week from around the world, shoppers will discover a completely new store full of amazing values every time they visit,” Sherr said.
Continental Property, Inc., the Wisconsin developer for Kohl’s and T.J. Maxx, will receive tax rebates under the redevelopment agreement with the city for T.J. Maxx.
The agreement is for $60,000 to be paid by the city to the developer annually during a five-year period. The amount represents about 40 percent of the home rule sales tax the city will generate each of those years.
The payment will be made during any year T.J. Maxx or a replacement retailer is open for business for the year. The T.J. Maxx development is a 10-year lease versus the Kohl’s ownership and build of its own building.
For information, visit T.J. Maxx on Facebook at facebook.com/tjmaxx and on Twitter at @tjmaxx.
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