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Watertown T.J. Maxx store moving up the road to Towne Center plaza

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The local T.J. Maxx store is moving into the former Bed Bath & Beyond space in Watertown Towne Center.

According to Jefferson County clerk records, T.J. Maxx officials signed a 10-year lease on March 3 with COR Development, the Syracuse company that owns the shopping plaza on Route 3.

Since 1993, T.J. Maxx has operated just down the road, in the Price Chopper plaza at 1283 Arsenal St.

A T.J. Maxx corporate spokesperson declined to comment about the move.

“Although we appreciate your inquiry, T.J.Maxx has not announced any store changes in Watertown, NY at this time,” the spokesperson said in an email.

The Bed Bath & Beyond store closed in December 2020 as part of 60 store closings nationwide.

On Monday, the Watertown Town Planning Board approved a sign for the new location. Allied Signs and COR Development presented the sign proposal, Planning Board Chair Pamela D. DeSormo said.

The representative of the sign company told the Planning Board that he didn’t know when the new store will move or other information about the move.

Last week, a memorandum of lease was signed by T.J. Maxx officials Alicia Kelly, executive vice president and secretary, and David Averill, senior vice president and corporate tax director, and COR General Manager Jeffrey L. Aiello.

The T.J. Maxx store will be joining Target, Petco, Michaels, Ulta, Old Navy, GameStop and other retailers.

There’s also apparent interest in the former TGI Friday’s restaurant that closed in February 2020, just before the pandemic hit.

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