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HomeGoods Shutting Down Tewksbury Store, Relocating

Store begins sell-off of stock.

an anchor of the Oakdale Mall, will be shutting down its Tewksbury location by the end of the month and relocating to Westford.

On Friday, shoppers were greeted with a huge sign announcing that the store was moving and a 25 percent off sale on all merchandise. HomeGoods specializes in home furnishings and decor.

Friday afternoon, company officials confirmed that the Tewksbury store at 1900 Main St. will be re-locating to Westford, alongside a new Marshalls. Both stores are owned by parent company TJX Companies.

According to Doreen Thompson, vice president, Corporate Communications for TJX, the Tewksbury location will close no later than Feb. 1.

"We expect the store to re-open as part of a Marshalls and HomeGoods combination store on March 21, 2013," said Thompson. "The new store will be located in the Cornerstone Square plaza in Westford, at the corner of Boston Road and Littleton Road."

Thompson did not give any indication that the Tewksbury HomeGoods was underperforming. Rather, she said the decision to relocate was part of a shift in corporate "real estate strategies."

"We are always assessing and reviewing our real estate strategies and our decision to relocate this store reflects that thinking," she said. "We are grateful for the patronage of our HomeGoods customers and believe they will continue to find great values in our new Westford location."

The Tewksbury Homegoods was extremely busy on Friday. Word of the closure began to trickle out through social media and local shoppers flocked to the store looking for bargains.

Fat Billy January 13, 2013 at 06:01 PM
I head they were putting in a night club where homegoods was finally something to do in town
Richard Menard January 13, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Are they looking to relocate their TJMaxx down the street too? How about their store in Woburn? Headed out of town also? Seems to me that maybe the EDC should be bending over backwards to work to get them some space if they need to expand. Anyone approach the owner of the Rite-aide/blockbuster site? Long term lease could entice them to build out perhaps?
Patrick Rahilly January 13, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Home goods is the new location for my medical marijuana emporium. To make people feel at home, i will decorate it with tewksbury home goods items.
Fat Billy January 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Thank you so much Patrick people will love it :)
Fat Billy January 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM
It's not like people don't smoke weed at homegoods anyways I myself have smoke weed with the group of kids who hangout in the parkinglot many times
Brooke January 14, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Couldn't agree more with your second and third paragraphs. (And I personally am hoping for a nail salon, a liquor store, and maybe even a pizza place)
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:01 AM
NO, Tewksbury Marshall's will be uneffected by this move. The Marshall's in Westford is a brand new, just built store. Marshall's at the Junction is doing fine--because it's at the junction. Home Goods was not doing fine, sliding downhill all the way, mainly because who wants to come to this town to go to a store via Rt. 38 from any of the highways (Rts. 3, 495, 93, 128): The Corporation wanted a combo store right off the highway in a town that has more money. Period. Normal business strategy. They couldn't achieve that at Stadium Plaza, so onward down the road they go.
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Home Goods' shelves were practically empty tonight. They're staying until the end of the month, but they will be absolutely nothing left by the end of the week. I've heard rumors of what's going in that space, but I can tell you this: whatever goes in won't be as nice as HomeGoods (and HomeGoods being at the lower end of the home furnishings stores spectrum, Crate & Barrell and Williams Sonoma, and the like being at the other.)
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:14 AM
1) Because we don't have enough money to shop for unnecessary things; can't redecorate our homes every season; 2) Because fighting our way down Rt. 38 is a pain in the ass, especially from another town. 3) Because I spoke with a woman shopping at our Home Goods tonight and in the middle of the conversation she suddenly asked, "Well, what town am I in?' I told her and asked what town she was from: "Andover". There's a lot of information embedded in that story, Melissa. . . . sad. 4) Look what happened to Sears Essentials: They tried to give us something a little better than K-Mart and we wouldn't buy there; we wanted our old K-Mart junk back, so they gave it to us. Also sad. 5) Remember, we have a Wal-Mart, where we can get anything that HomeGoods had, just cheaper and not as nice. The only good thing to come out of this is our Marshall's will be getting HomeGoods' foot traffic again.
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Probably not! They made that store much larger just a few years ago, remember? When they redid the plaza and put HomeGoods in there? We have one full aisle of soda and one full aisle of chips. What more could we want?
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:18 AM
It's "a Tewksbury issue" in that HomeGoods and its entire conglomerate want combo stores right off hiways in towns with more money. I cannot imagine what kind of a store will be good for that spot.
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:20 AM
TO Malcomn Nichols: The man told you the truth; that is the story. No kool-aide involved.
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:22 AM
This community is not a Trader Joe's community, sad to say, nor Whole Foods, nor anything other than Market Basket.
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Ahhh, you just gave me an idea: Why don't we appeal to our Governor to get all the other towns and cities in the state to bail us out the same way his friend Willy Lantigua did for $30million of every other citizen's money EXCEPT the ones who live in Lawrence!
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Changing of the seasons. New stuff coming in.
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Sadada Tea Bags says: "Admit your mistakes; don't brag about them."
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 04:40 AM
RICHARD MENARD: The store in Woburn Mall is already a combo store: Home Goods & TJ's under one roof.
malcolm nichols January 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Janellen, the question is not whether someone can copy a story. It is whether "we" believe it or not. The Koolaid he is selling/drinking I find hard to believe. I believe what Jim Wentworth is saying/repeating has an intentional and incorrect spin.
D.James January 14, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Guys, Your all over reacting...I think we can all agree some awesome fish,roast beef,pizza, sub chinese food dumpster dive "restaurant" will go in there.... Joe Bil said it best we are Salisbury without the beach...
Veronica Greene January 14, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I tend to do most of my shopping in Nashua, NH, i.e., Daniel Webster Hwy....Costco you know:) However, I needed to go further up north Nashua to Mother & Child, 650 Amherst St./Greystone Plaza. A great child/adult consignment shop w/new goods also...much NOT pregnancy/child. Gives a good return for donations in store credit only. Across the street I found *West Side Plaza, 34 North West Blvd. In this plaza: *HOME GOODS, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Pier 1, Big Lots... So lots of $$ saved in TAXES, but @ 20 miles north of Tewksbury, so more auto gas. The Home Goods store is large, good deals on art, lamps. As you know, Home Goods stores vary as to best goods. Home Goods in Danvers, Ma is best for furniture. However, I will sure miss HOME GOODS in Tewksbury!! Always a drop-in to see the deals. And bought quite a few:) $$$$$ ~ Sigh ~ (I am off now to see the Tewksbury Home Goods moving-out clearance !! :) TY
Shaun January 14, 2013 at 04:57 PM
I don't blame them for leaving for Westford. We've been looking at homes out there and hope to do the same soon.
Janellen27 January 14, 2013 at 09:20 PM
malcolm nichols: Prcisely what part(s) of Wentworth's explanation do you think is "kool-aide"? When I want to know something, frequently I will go right to the source, rather than waste energy in endless speculation. Not only is Wentworth's story the same story I got from Management, but it's as clear as the nose on your face to begin with. No research or second guessing really necessary! I'm curious as to why you find it so unbelievable!
MammaMia January 17, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Mine too!!! :(
TONY D January 17, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Janellen27 - Are you on the "Board" of TJX Companies. You seem to know exactly what is going on!!
TONY D January 17, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Certainly a much nicer Town but be careful their tax rate is higher than ours. Average home value - $444,000.00 - approximate tax - $7200.00.
jim t January 18, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Another gem from you Bill ... get a grip ! Your in Somerville with trees and Andovers tax rate. Thank your past board of selectman J .S .for one, for putting the whole town on sewage when less than 25% needed to be. You live in a town full of beer drinking, smoking NASCAR fans , if you dont like them move !
Janellen27 January 19, 2013 at 01:00 AM
TONY D: Why do you think Westford is a "much nicer Town"?
Amy January 25, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Rumor has it Aubuchon Hardware is moving there, can you confirm this Bill?
Janellen27 January 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Not good. They've been serving the South end of town for many years while Tewksbury Hardware served the other. Home Depot didn't help business for either. Now, the folks in the South will have to travel to Oakdale; they may as well keep on driving to Home Depot.
Janellen27 January 25, 2013 at 10:24 PM
. . . or, more likely, just go across to O'Connor's in Billerica.

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