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Nov 18, 2015 11:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Marshalls May Be Added To TJ Maxx In Bridgehampton

The TJ Maxx store in the Bridgehampton Commons in Bridgehampton is hoping to expand and include a Marshall's.   DANA SHAW
Nov 18, 2015 11:05 AM

TJ Maxx hopes to expand its store at the Bridgehampton Commons to add a Marshalls, a popular department store chain that advertises lower prices than similar stores.

The proposal, which was submitted to Southampton Town on September 17 and is making its way through Planning Board review, is to expand the current building by 17,000 square feet. If the plan is approved, the current TJ Maxx would be reconfigured to occupy 23,987 square feet, while the Marshalls floor space would be 21,879 square feet. Together, the two brands—which are owned by the same parent company, TJX Companies, and often share the same storefront—would share 5,424 square feet of common space used for storage, delivery and shipping purposes.

Last week, the Planning Board closed a public hearing on the proposal with a 30-day written comment period to follow. At the meeting, members of board asked the applicant to consider adding an entrance at the rear of the building to provide better access to an underutilized back parking lot. According to attorney Timothy McCulley of the Southampton-based firm Burke and Sullivan, representatives of TJ Maxx are reluctant to add the second entrance.

Mr. McCulley said that although his clients had not been open to the idea in the past, he will approach them again with the proposal. He added that the construction would add a 5-foot-wide walkway from the back parking lot to the front of the building where the present entrance is located, plus lighting, to make it safer and easier for patrons. Lighting would also be installed in the back parking lot, and employees would be encouraged to use that lot more to allow more customers to park in front.

“TJ Maxx doesn’t want a rear entrance because it is a security thing,” Mr. McCulley said. “We will go back to them and see if we can work it out. That is always an issue, so it will be a part of the discussion as we move forward.”

Town Planning Board member Jacqui Lofaro emphasized at the meeting the importance of creating a back entrance, saying that patrons carrying large shopping bags are not going to make the trip along the exterior of the building to the back, particularly in the rain, cold or snow. “I think it would benefit the consumer to think about the entrance in the back,” she reiterated.

No one from the public addressed the board on Thursday night regarding the proposal.

If the plan is approved, the building would be expanded on the side bordering Snake Hollow Road. Although the addition would eliminate approximately 15 parking spaces, a traffic report conducted by Dunn Engineering in Westhampton estimates there would still be ample parking on peak holiday and summer days to accommodate the new store.

Mr. McCulley also explained that although it is a large expansion that is being proposed, the current town master plan anticipated that the Bridgehampton Commons would eventually be expanded due to the increase in population on the East End.

“This is something that has become utilized by all of the people on the East End,” he said. “They expected an increase to the shopping center.”

The move to expand also comes on the heels of a planned development district proposal in Bridgehampton called the Gateway. If approved, the PDD, which is essentially a onetime change in zoning when community benefits are anticipated, would add a mix of residential and commercial properties to the hamlet.

Mr. McCulley said that TJ Maxx first proposed an expansion in 2013 to include a Home Goods store, although the project never materialized. The current proposal also suggests wrapping an angled portion of roof to the front and side of the building to hide the flat rooflines and make the building more appealing, Mr. McCulley said.

This week at least one shopper, Lisa Silva, said she was excited about the proposed expansion, noting that it would increase the number of options on the East End. Although she has never been to Marshalls, Ms. Silva said she likes TJ Maxx because it is affordable.

“Absolutely happy about it,” said Ms. Silva, who was not originally aware of the plan. “It is more stuff and clothing, things you can get cheaper. Cheaper is always better.”

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The board should definitely approve this request. The addition of affordable clothing stores on the South Fork is sorely needed it goes hand in hand with affordable housing.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Nov 12, 15 5:28 PM
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Will they be expanding their security as well regarding the blatant shop lifting that occurs there all of the time? Or is that just a write-off of their balance sheet?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Nov 12, 15 5:28 PM
I agree that shoplifting is a problem when it happens, but i think it should be up to local police to patrol and enforce our laws. Handing this responsibility over to Tj Maxx would be a dangerous move. Just imagine if Tj Max were able to pull you over for speeding in the parking lot or seize your car during an investigation...A fair amount of downside to this plan. Plus the training of TJ Max agents to fully comply with law enforcement practices sounds like a nightmare.

If the town board ...more
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (736), southampton on Nov 12, 15 5:44 PM
That is what you took from this article? Wow!
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Nov 12, 15 6:37 PM
Hello Vikki K you are another person who just can't mind their business. How does shoplifting at TJ max matter to you?
By chief1 (2770), southampton on Nov 12, 15 5:32 PM
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I think she means that if enough people are stealing from TJ Max that it could have adverse affects on all customers. More theft could lead to: an increase in the cost of goods at the store, lowering of employee wages, customers feeling unsafe within the store, neighboring tenants gossiping about how TJ Maxx is kind of falling apart and needs to get her life back together, etc.

I'm with you though, I dont care what happens to anyone but myself and my own stuff (with the exception of ...more
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (736), southampton on Nov 12, 15 6:00 PM
Great news! Quality merchandise, name brands and prices the locals can afford--a store that does not cater to the summer residents--plus more jobs will be created.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Nov 12, 15 6:16 PM
Hey Chief 1 - Besides all of the answers the kind person submitted following your question - the one with the long necklace in the photo - do you like watching people steal? I don't. It bothers me to see people breaking the law. And it bothers me to find boxes in the store out of place missing their proper items like when shopping there last Christmas season. And behind my comment is my dislike of giant shopping malls in general and in the Hamptons specifically. It ruins the character of a ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Nov 12, 15 9:13 PM
If you don't like giant malls don't shop at them. Obviously some people like them so they are here. Why do people living here think it's okay to think they are the only ones entitled to live here?
By chief1 (2770), southampton on Nov 13, 15 7:25 AM
We need a Barnes & Noble not a Marshalls...
A Brookstone not a Dollar store...
A Whole Foods not a trader Joes...

This is Bridge Hampton not Patchogue
Nov 13, 15 7:34 AM appended by joe hampton
So sorry, auto correct does not like the way we spell Bridgehampton... Stay calm Its ok
By joe hampton (3396), southampton on Nov 13, 15 7:34 AM
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^^^^ Every comment on this thread is so ridiculous and out of place.

How is a Book Store comparable to a clothing store? "Whole Foods, not a trader joes". You had a Whole foods and it didn't do enough business so it never came back. And you didn't even spell Bridgehampton right.

And not for nothin', but there's a police substation @ the commons. And how do "shopping malls" as opposed to "mom & pop stores" result in more pollution? What are you people talking about?
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 13, 15 9:24 AM
It's called urban sprawl!
By lursagirl (238), southampton on Nov 21, 15 5:43 PM
So sorry, auto correct does not like the way we spell Bridgehampton... Stay calm Its ok

And Its, not for nothing... not, not for nothin... Just sayin ...

Nov 13, 15 10:43 AM appended by joe hampton
You had a Whole foods and it didn't do enough business ...Thats because It was not a real Whole foods and in the wrong place. I mean a flagship store in a central location. It would be a great use for the West woods property the Indians own with frontage on Sunrise Hwy. with an up and over ramp to go east bound.I think It is a much better Idea than the proposed King Kullen in S H and It would be a better received source of revenue for the tribe than a casino
By joe hampton (3396), southampton on Nov 13, 15 10:43 AM
Sorry Joe, we are full!
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 13, 15 12:04 PM
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I know lots of millionaires who shop at TJMaxx. Nuthin' wrong with a bargain.
By harbor (411), East Hampton on Nov 13, 15 12:14 PM
Well, there is something wrong when people are taking it upon themselves to determine the bargain. Apparently theft is rampant at this store so maybe some of these millionaires should start paying for what they leave the store with (lord knows that they can afford it).

Seems like someone is asleep at the wheel over there. @Vikki K , can you shed some more light on the situation for us.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (736), southampton on Nov 13, 15 2:15 PM
... wait until the shopping center is built across the street with twelve buildings. Talk about congestion and traffic - total nightmare 12 months a year.
By William Rodney (552), southampton on Nov 13, 15 4:06 PM
... wait until the shopping center is built across the street with twelve buildings. Talk about congestion and traffic - total nightmare 12 months a year.

Joe - get off your high horse- by putting those stores in bridgehampton that you advocate for you are quickly turning it into patchogue
By William Rodney (552), southampton on Nov 13, 15 4:13 PM
on the contrary i see what joe is trying to say, I will no longer go to the wild by nature in hb after dark, since the dollar store opened up next door i have been approached twice by some real scary type people.we do not need anymore bargain stores that attract vagrants
By Erin 27 E (1240), hampton bays on Nov 13, 15 4:24 PM
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Nov 13, 15 4:23 PM
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that happened years ago the best we can do no is manage it and keep it classy
By Erin 27 E (1240), hampton bays on Nov 13, 15 4:25 PM
Where the pretty people play,
hungry for power
to light their neon way
and give them things to do

Some rich men came and raped the land,
Nobody caught 'em
Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus,
people bought 'em
And they called it paradise
The place to be
They watched the hazy sun, sinking in the sea

You can leave it all behind
and sail to Lahaina
just like the missionaries did, so many years ago
They even brought a neon ...more
By Mr. Z (11562), North Sea on Nov 16, 15 6:13 PM
.....EARLIER TODAY: OBAMA Declares ISIS 'Contained'...
By 27dan (2776), Shinnecock Hills on Nov 14, 15 12:56 AM
I remember when that area was a drive in movie theartre , the blueberry path, the donut shop and Wilco. Truth is its always gonna change, people aren't going to stop coming . If I was asked if I wanted them to , I would say yes, regardless of the economic impact. Its too late. Sometime I can't really tell the difference between out here and "up west" Hell in most cases they have less traffic. For those of us that do live here year round what was once is now gone. We may as well have some "normal" ...more
By Hank1 (20), Sag Harbor on Nov 19, 15 7:17 PM
From HomeGoods to this expansion, TJX has been fairly aggressive in gaining exposure in "The Hamptons". However, they are not paying "Hamptons" wages...
By Mr. Z (11562), North Sea on Nov 19, 15 7:28 PM
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How are the wages paid at TJX any of your concern , Unless you are an employee??!!
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 23, 15 8:20 AM
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don't you know he is our very own community organizer
By joe hampton (3396), southampton on Nov 23, 15 8:53 AM
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