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January 16, 2013

Marshalls making its way to Corbin

Trademart Shopping Center to be site for new store

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

If all goes as planned later this year, Tri-County residents won’t have to go far to “never pay full price for fabulous.”

Marshalls, an off-price retailer of clothing and home fashions with more than 880 stores in America, will hitch their hangers at Corbin’s Trademart Shopping Center.

The shopping center’s owner, Chase Properties, confirmed Tuesday that the store will  move into the space where the former Goldenberg’s Furniture store and Trademart Cinemas were located.

While no date for a definite opening has been announced, Chase’s Property Superintendent Del Chafin said Tuesday morning things could be starting in a few months.

“Marshalls is supposed to sign the contract this week, and when they do, they’ll have a date for when the store should be completed,” Chafin noted in a phone interview.

He added the store should be around 30,000 square feet, starting next to the location of Check Into Cash, and ending at the old cinemas’ ticket window.

The City of Corbin’s building inspector, Frank Burke, also confirmed some work’s about to get started at Trademart. He noted there were plans for demolition work on the section where Goldenberg’s and Trademart Cinemas were, starting in March.

“They had some bids put in for demolition, but I don’t know who those were at this time,” he said in a phone interview Monday.

Burke pointed out which store would go in Trademart was kind of like watching a tennis ball being batted about.

“It went back and forth between putting up a T. J. Maxx or a Marshalls. Both stores are owned by the same company, and they also own HomeGoods.”

When Marshalls signs the contract, Chafin said the work on getting the location ready in Trademart will be in three phases.

“First, they’ll do demolition. Second will be site construction, and third will be construction. They will do a lot to clean up, beautify and make the area around the store look really nice when they’re finished.”

Marshalls is owned by the TJX Companies, Inc., and is based in Framingham, Mass., near Boston. The company also owns T. J. Maxx and HomeGoods stores in the United States.

Currently, the closest Marshalls stores are located in Lexington at Hamburg Pavilion and Fayette Place, as well as three locations in Knoxville, Tenn.

The nearest T. J. Maxx store is located in Somerset, while the nearest HomeGoods stores are in Lexington, as well as Knoxville and Morristown, Tenn.

The TJX website states the companies are the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U. S. and worldwide. In 2011, the companies reported more than $23 billion in revenues, more than 2,900 stores in six countries and over 168,000 employees, who are called “associates.”

The word of Marshalls preparing to set up shop in Trademart comes at a time when one long-time tenant is saying goodbye.

Chafin confirmed that Taco Tico, a Mexican restaurant chain that was once strong in Kentucky in the 1970s, is leaving the center.

“I was told their last day was today. It’s been there since the Trademart Center opened in 1973,” he said Tuesday.

Taco Tico was indeed closed Tuesday afternoon with no one inside. A sign on the door said the restaurant would reopen at a new location in London. In Kentucky, the remaining Taco Tico locations are in Lexington and Louisville.

Meanwhile, work on finishing up the location of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores continues.

Chafin added the building that once housed Dawahare’s was completely reconstructed and that the contractor was scheduled to be finished later this month.

According to a sign on the store window, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft would open on March 8. The company’s website for the store at www.joann.com/corbin said the store would be hiring soon. Those interested can apply in person at the state Workforce Development Office at 310 Roy Kidd Avenue in Corbin this Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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