Orangeville’s HomeSense opened to public Tuesday

September 10, 2014   ·   0 Comments

By Tabitha Wells – HomeSense opened its doors to the local community Tuesday, and was greeted by a large crowd of eager-to-shop residents.

The store, which has been a long-anticipated arrival at the Orangeville Mall since its planned opening was announced in February, carries a variety of home décor, appliances, gourmet cookwear and other items.

While HomeSense didn’t open the doors officially until 8:30 a.m., some customers arrived as early as midnight to camp overnight in the hopes of receiving a $100 gift card in the morning.

Although the employees first met in the store for orientation only a month ago, the store was quickly transformed into a home décor wonderland for shoppers.

Prior to the grand opening, staff, special dignitaries and members of the Head Office team gathered together to reflect on the work that went into preparing the store for opening, and to make a $5,000 donation to the Sunshine Foundation. TJX Canada, the store’s owner as well as Winners and several other brands, has donated a total of $1.5 million to the Sunshine Foundation over a 15 year partnership.

Mario Costantino, AVP of Operations for TJX, took a moment to speak to the retail associates and employees of the Orangeville HomeSense, welcoming them to the TJX Family, which spans worldwide.

“With hard work, commitment and achievement, you could go anywhere in the world with TJX,” said Mr. Costantino. “Welcome to the family. You guys are going to be a family in the store, but you’re also part of the big family that spans across the globe.”

HomeSense welcomed about 80 new employees, ranging from part-time to full-time, by the opening of the store on Tuesday. Mayor Rob Adams, who had been asked to attend the event, presented HomeSense with a plaque and thanked them for the job opportunities and retail selection they have brought to Orangeville.

HomeSense is the first new store to open in the space previously utilized by Zellers. The space has been vacant since early 2013, and is expected to be home to three new retail options in the coming year. SportChek will be taking over an additional 22,000 square feet of the facility soon, with the third location still awaiting a lease.

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