Next year T.J. Maxx will open an additional intown store in Coro's Midtown Place Shopping Center in what had been a Borders Bookstore, then had been operating on a short term basis as Spirit Halloween. I'm told that at one point, Whole Foods was at least somewhat interested in expanding their existing store into a portion of the Border's, but their expansion would have prevented the T.J. from opening. In the end, while this Whole Foods (originally built to be a Harris Teeter) is one of the best performing in Atlanta, they will maintain their current footprint.
Currently there is a dearth of retail in the vicinity, especially clothing, with the center's other tenants being The Home Depot, Petsmart, Staples, Verizon Wireless and assorted eateries.
This will all change, of course, in 2013, when Jamestown's Ponce City Market opens and is expected to include a variety of national and local retailers in addition to restaurants and offices.
Presently, T.J.'s nearest location is on Howell Mill Road in The District at Howell Mill. Depending on what route you take, the distance between the two stores is as little as 5 miles.
Are you a Maxxinista deprived of deals intown and eager for this store to open? Would you have preferred an expanded Whole Foods? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.