New fashion store opening is welcomed

Hartlepool's new T K Maxx store is prepared at the Anchor Retail Park, Marina Way, Hartlepool. Picture: TOM BANKS

Hartlepool's new T K Maxx store is prepared at the Anchor Retail Park, Marina Way, Hartlepool. Picture: TOM BANKS

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A discount fashion store is returning to Hartlepool after seven years away.

TK Maxx is opening a new branch soon at the town’s Anchor Retail Park, on Marina Way.

The sign has gone up on the unit that was formerly Comet electrical store which closed just over three years ago.

Workmen were seen carrying out work at the front of the store yesterday.

TK Maxx has not yet announced when the store will open or how many jobs it will create.

But its arrival has been welcomed by Councillor Kevin Cranney, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services policy committee.

Coun Cranney said: “We are very pleased to welcome back to Hartlepool TK Maxx – a major brand with over 280 stores in the UK and Ireland.

“This is another vote of confidence in the future of the town and in the work being done through the Hartlepool Vision to revitalise Hartlepool and create a more prosperous and resilient economy.”

The Hartlepool branch will be the latest in a string of new store openings by the retailer which has launched 10 new shops all over the UK in the last six months.

TK Maxx sells clothes and accessories for men, women and children as well as homeware.

It describes itself as Europe’s leading discount fashion and homeware retailer including designer labels and top brands at up to 60% cheaper.

TK Maxx launched in the UK in 1994 and now has around 300 stores across the country.

The chain previously had a store at the Highlight Retail Park near the marina but it closed in January 2009 with the loss of around 25 jobs.

The company then said the closure was part of a long-term strategy of its property.

It will join other high street names at Anchor Retail Park such as Next, Argos, PC World and Boots.

Marks and Spencer also relocated there last summer from Middleton Grange shopping centre but as a food only outlet.