TJX Combines Stores
By George Anderson
The TJX Cos., operators or the T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods retail chains, thinks that two brands together might be better than one.
The company has just opened the second of its combined Marshalls/HomeGoods stores (this one in Secaucus, NJ) and it believes it is in tune with its customers’ needs.
HomeGoods spokeswoman Robyn Arvedon told the Bergen Record newspaper, “Our typical consumer is between 25 and 54. She has a very active lifestyle, she probably has a few kids. While she’s grabbing something for the home, she might find a great pair of jeans, or a great blouse, or vice versa.”
Marshal Cohen, senior analyst for The NPD Group agrees. “That same person who wants to buy some new flatware for the table is also interested in buying something that they can wear that night when they are doing the entertaining.”
TJX first tested the dual brand store concept when it opened a Marshalls/HomeGoods combo store in Florida last year. The company is also testing a dual banner T.J. Maxx/HomeGoods store in Woburn, Mass.
The newest store located in The Mall at Mill Creek is 65,000 square feet and is separated in the middle with signs that read “Welcome to HomeGoods” and “Welcome to Marshalls,” depending on the direction customers are headed.
According to The Record, the “HomeGoods side of the building has a wood floor and soft lighting. The Marshalls side has a tile floor and bright, fluorescent lighting.”
Kurt Barnard, president of Barnard’s Retail Trend Report, thinks TJX is on the right path with its dual branding proposition. “It familiarizes the customer with the entirety of what T.J. Maxx stores represent.”
Candace Corlett, a principal at WSL Strategic Retail, isn’t sold on the combination of Marshalls with HomeGoods. “Marshalls is still perceived as the place for that wonderful find, that was five times more in the department store,” she said. “I don’t think HomeGoods is a replacement for that treasure hunt.”
Moderator’s Comment: Do you agree with TJX’s dual branding or banner approach? Where else do you see opportunities for dual branding in retail?
George Anderson – Moderator