Reopening date for downtown T.J. Maxx store still uncertain

The T.J. Maxx store in September.

T.J. Maxx says it plans to reopen its downtown Indianapolis store, but the clothing and home-goods retailer hasn’t yet said when that might happen.

The store on the ground floor of the historic William H. Block Building closed in the spring because of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. It sustained damage during the riots and looting that took place downtown in late May and has not yet reopened. T.J. Maxx has occupied the space at 50 N. Illinois St. since 1996.

The store is one of a very few that the company has not reopened. Six other T.J. Maxx stores in the Indianapolis area have returned to regular business hours.

“While we expect the store to reopen, we have not announced a reopening date,” T.J. Maxx spokesman Andrew Mastrangelo said via email. He declined to offer further details on the location.

Simon Property Group, the landlord for Claypool Court, which include the T.J. Maxx, declined to comment on the store and referred questions to the retailer.

The chain’s corporate parent, Framingham, Massachusetts-based The TJX Cos. Inc., operates off-price stores in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia under various brands, including T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and others. As of Feb. 1, the company had 4,529 stores worldwide.

In TJX’s second-quarter earnings report, released Aug. 19, the company said it had reopened “more than 4,500” of its stores.

The company suffered a loss of $214.2 million, or 18 cents per share, in the quarter, compared with a profit of $759 million, or 62 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2019. Sales for the quarter totaled $6.67 billion, down from $9.78 billion in the year-ago period, beating analyst expectations.

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17 thoughts on “Reopening date for downtown T.J. Maxx store still uncertain

  1. Mayor Hogsett should grab a hammer and nails and help fix the damage since he sat there and watched it all unfold and did little to curb the violence and destruction.

    1. They at least need to do some housekeeping to make the place less of an eyesore. It is embarrassing at the present time. The city is largely responsible for the damage and should be providing assistance in this regard. It was inexcusable that Hogsett did not take action to protect downtown businesses before the second night of riots. To the best of my knowledge, he has not acknowledged this error in judgment.

  2. CORRECTION: Please don’t call them riots. They were a long overdue national conversation on racial injustice, according to the mayor. But they weren’t riots.

    1. Good point, Ken; we must somehow justify the rioting to avoid having to deal with the reality of it….which is morphing into outright anarchy. ‘Hope all the Democrat mayors are happy!

  3. I cannot imagine what riots might look like in your mind if these weren’t riots. Merriam-Webster definition of riot:

    a : a violent public disorder
    specifically : a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent

    b : public violence, tumult, or disorder

    1. Thanks for a rarely insightful comment on one of these stories. What a few dozen individuals did can be considered rioting, but what needs to be discussed is why this happened in basically every single city across the county. That includes the one’s ran by Republicans.

  4. The Democrats are blaming Trump for the riots and violence in their cities and states. Their mayors and governors have nothing to do with it. They believe this will hurt Trump’s reelection chances. To hell with the people in the Dems way!

    1. I would say unequivocally the riots hurt race relations since BLM was at the front and center of them!

  5. There is no excuse to damage someone else’s property and steal what doesn’t belong to you. Protest peacefully. Those business owners work hard for their property. TJ Maxx should not open to slap the city in the face.

  6. Smashing windows and stealing store merchandise is pure and simple vandalism and theft by opportunists who hid behind the curtain of a protest. The Mayor showed no leadership for fear of bad publicity and ratings. No one asked him to get in the way of a peaceful protest or stop the exercise of free speech but we would ask him to enforce the law.

  7. Merriam-Webster: Definition of extort
    transitive verb

    : to obtain from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or illegal power

    BLM uses extortion successfully. Terrible precedent.

    1. It’s so funny to believe that these looters were actually members of BLM. There is no evidence of anyone being directly connected in Indianapolis rioting to the national organization. The peaceful protests were also not organized by the national BLM group that people point fingers at. They’re Grass Roots protests that use some of the same words and phrases. Enough of the hyperbole. Overall, it’s nice that these protests have started a national conversation on race relations. Joe Biden will help make the unfortunate riots something we can move forward from instead of just yelling about it.

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