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Discount retailer T.J. Maxx has opened in the Riverside Plaza off of Md. 355, adding 60 new, full-time and part-time jobs in Frederick County.

Opening Oct. 7 in the plaza’s former 24,975-square-foot Border’s book store on Urbana Pike, it is one of 16 new T.J. Maxx stores slated to open nationwide this year.

“We’re very proud to be part of the Frederick community,” said Janet Allen, the company’s district manager.

Allen introduced herself and store manager, Beverly Moore, to the Frederick Board of County Commissioners at a meeting in Frederick on Oct. 11.

“We’re really grateful Frederick has worked with us to staff our store,” Moore said at the meeting.

Laurie Holden, director of Frederick County’s Workforce Services, said that T.J. Maxx is part of the county’s “Frederick WORKS! One Job at a Time,” an initiative that encourages all businesses in the county to hire one new employee this year.

“T.J. Maxx has really stepped up to the plate,” Holden said at the meeting. “We’re pleased and proud to thank you for doing the One Job at a Time initiative.”

Holden said 48 businesses have signed onto the program, which is intended to improve the economy in the county. In return, the county helps the business find new people to hire.

Richard G. Griffin, director of the Frederick Department of Economic Development, said in an email Monday, that the city also welcomes the new clothing giant.

“Fashion is one of the under-served retail sectors in Frederick, and we are delighted to add T.J. Maxx to the lineup of new retailers setting up shop here,” he said. “Our goal is to provide an ample supply of high quality retailers to meet the needs of Frederick’s citizens and to prevent retail leakage of the community.”

T.J. Maxx, which has been in business since 1977, is one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers, with 1,018 stores operating in 49 states and Puerto Rico. They offer designer fashions and accessories for men, women and children. The store also offers home items, jewelry, beauty products and pet accessories.

The company reported sales during a five-week period ending Sept. 29 of $2.5 billion, up 10 percent over the $2.2 billion mark during the same five-week period ending Oct. 1 of last year, according to a TJX Co. news release.

The TJX Co. not only operates the 1,018 T.J. Maxx stores, but 904 Marshalls, a similar discount retailer, and 409 HomeGoods stores nationwide.

The Frederick Marshalls has been open in the Clemson Corner Shopping Center, between the Lowe’s and Wegmans, since March of 2011.

Homegoods is slated to open adjacent to Clemson Corner, in the new Market Square development off of Md. 26 and Worman’s Mill Road in Frederick. Construction of the store has not begun, and an opening date has not been set.

The new T.J. Maxx is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

sgreenfield@gazette.net