ITHACA, N.Y. — A grand opening for TJ Maxx happened last week, giving Ithacans the chance to score low-cost clothing and merchandise.

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The store opened in suite 300 at 744 S. Meadow St.

Assistant store manager Rachael Rutledge said the ribbon cutting happened Thursday, and while she’s not sure how many people went to the store on opening day, she knows that the store gave away all 1,000 reusable shopping bags to customers that day.

She said about 80 people have been hired to work at the store.

The ribbon cutting also marked the store’s $5,000 donation to Tompkins Community Action.

TCAction Director Lee Dillon said the money will go toward supplies for the Magnolia House — a facility that houses homeless women recovering from addiction.

TJ Maxx is occupying 21,770-square-feet that used to be a Kmart store, that closed in 2011. Benderson Development redid the front facade for the store.

The store announced last year that they would be moving to Ithaca from their Lansing location at 2309 N. Triphammer Road.

From the TJ Maxx website:

T.J. Maxx was founded in 1976, and together with Marshalls, forms The Marmaxx Group, the largest off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S.

T.J. Maxx offers an ever-fresh array of fashionable, brand name family apparel, home fashions and other merchandise, such as beauty products. T.J. Maxx differentiates itself from Marshalls with an expanded assortment of fine jewelry and accessories, and in some stores, The Runway, a high-end designer department.

The store is open Monday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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