By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
There were 100 people waiting in line Sunday morning in front of T.J. Maxx, so the store’s long-awaited opening started a little bit early.
Store Manager Danny Hamby couldn’t give an accurate number of how many people had come through the store by Sunday afternoon, but estimated more than 2,000.
“We had a pretty mad rush and opened a little early. We didn’t want (people) to stand outside, and we were ready, so we opened,” Hamby said.
Hamby opened the Homeland store in the same location in 1990. “I’ve come full circle,” he said.
The store featured a DJ playing music, Shrine clowns entertaining the customers and regular drawings for gift cards. Hamby said sales were “very good.”
“Enid came out — they always do,” he said.
Customer Bryce Donaldson liked the store.
“We found a few things — and it’s always nice to see a new retailer come to town,” Donaldson said. The store has a broad range of merchandise and prices, he said.
“We found some good deals,” he said.
Robyn Eitzen, of Enid, said she liked the store and that it compares favorably to T.J.Maxx stores in Oklahoma City.
“It’s great. There is a variety of shopping, and prices are reasonable,” Eitzen said. She said will become a steady shopper.
“They’ve got kids (items), adults, toys, shoes, purses, and Christmas is just around the corner,” Eitzen said.
Regular store hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
The store is the first of three new ones set to open in the former Homeland site on West Garriott. A PetSmart is set to open soon, as is rue21, according to Hunt Properties, owner of the building.
PetSmart is one of the largest specialty pet retailers in the United States. It offers a wide array of products and services, from boarding to grooming and training. The store also offers in-store adoptions through PetSmart Charities.
Rue21 will include items for both girls and boys. Apparel and accessories are geared toward teens and young adults.
The building sat vacant for several years after the Homeland store closed. In recent years, the city of Enid purchased the building, and subsequently sold it to Hunt Properties.
T.J.Maxx officials had planned to open the store by Christmas because Hunt Properties stood to lose a sales tax rebate if it didn’t open by then.