Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Discount retailer headed this way



By Randy Tucker
Enquirer staff writer

A.J. Wright stores, a discount clothing and general merchandise chain, appears poised to enter the Greater Cincinnati market with two stores.

A spokesman for the off-price retailer said the company is close to a deal to open a store at the intersection of Ridge Road and Highland Avenue in Columbia Township and is looking for an appropriate site in Newport.

"We'll probably open one of the locations in the near future, but some things are still up in the air,'' said Dwight Garland, a spokesman for A.J. Wright, a division of Framingham, Mass.-based TJX Cos., which operates discounters T.J. Maxx and Marshall's as well as Home Goods. "We don't have any (opening) dates yet, but eventually we'd like to have a few stores in the area.''

The company operates about 100 A.J. Wright stores nationwide, including about a dozen in Ohio, Garland said.

The store's product mix is similar to Marshall's and includes brand-name family apparel, accessories, home goods, giftware and kitchen products.

"Our prices are extremely competitive,'' Garland said.

Founded in 1998, A.J. Wright operates mainly in the Northeast but is aggressively expanding west.

E-mail rtucker@enquirer.com




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