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TJX closing A.J. Wright stores, laying off 4,400

TJX Cos. says it is shuttering its A.J. Wright discount stores, cutting 4,400 jobs and converting the stores to other brands such as T.J. Maxx.

According to a company spokeswoman, the Chicago area has 11 A.J. Wright stores now slated for conversion to T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods. Eleven other A.J. Wright stores that will close. Get the full story »

Exclusive report: Mag Mile on the mend

Shoppers on North Michigan Avenue, June 22, 2010. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune)

The Magnificent Mile is emerging from the recession like most of America: Less bling and more bargains.

North Michigan Avenue is on the mend, thanks to the arrival of off-price stores and discount chains that are moving into large swaths of space, some of it empty for years.

The pending arrival of off-price stores Nordstrom Rack and TJX’s HomeGoods, combined with the 2009 openings of fast-fashion clothing store Zara and electronics giant Best Buy, helped lift the boulevard to its best performance since 2003, according to an annual retail vacancy survey from real estate firm CB Richard Ellis Inc. provided exclusively to the Tribune.
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