‘It’s a great day for LaGrange’
TJ Maxx holds grand opening
by Jennifer Shrader Staff writer
Sunday was Kamryn Williamson’s 14th birthday and she spent the early hours of her day camped out in front of TJ Maxx with a line of other customers waiting for the store’s grand opening at LaGrange Mall.
“I had asked to go shopping today,” she said. “I’m looking for clothes and shoes.”
Williamson and her mother had come all the way from Fortson in Harris County and had been there since 5 a.m. The only person in front of her was Nancy Bailey of West Point. She’d been there since 4 a.m. and got the honor of cutting the ribbon during the opening ceremony.
“I wanted to be first in line,” Bailey said. She said she’d check out everything in the store and was excited to see more shopping options in LaGrange.
“Everyone goes out of town to Newnan or Auburn,” she said. “Then while they’re there, they say well, we can go to lunch or we can go to the movies. Now there’s so much more here, we can do everything here.”
Mayor Pro Tem Nick Woodson echoed that sentiment when welcoming the store to LaGrange. He said people have asked him for years when the city would get “a nice big store” to shop in.
“Now I can tell them it’s here,” he said. “It’s a great day for LaGrange.”
The store has about 75 employees, most of whom were on hand Sunday morning for the opening along with regional managers and others.
“We’re excited to be here,” said Sonya Lundy, manager of the LaGrange store. “We look forward to the partnership with the community.”
TJ Maxx began that partnership Sunday morning with a $5,000 donation to Twin Cedars Youth Services. District Manager Eric Robinson said the stores have a tradition of picking a local charity to partner with, providing monetary donations and volunteers.
Mike Angstadt, Twin Cedars executive director, was happy to have a new partner with the store.
“We have a lot of activities that require volunteers,” he said.
Twin Cedars also is launching a new program to train 2,500 adults countywide to recognize signs of child abuse. He expects TJ Maxx to take part in that effort.
“We can use all the partners we can get,” he said.
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