If you like shopping at Winners, you’ll definitely like the newest addition to the GTA retail scene. Discount apparel and home fashion chain Marshalls is set to open its first three Canadian locations tomorrow, and two more are set to launch in April, all located in the GTA.
Marshalls is a U.S.-based retail chain owned by The TJX Companies, Inc. – the same company which owns the Winners, HomeSense and StyleSense banners in Canada, along with T.J. Maxx in the U.S.
Similar to Winners, Marshalls specializes in brand name family apparel, footwear, accessories and home décor merchandise at discount prices. The stores boast an ever-evolving selection of merchandise, as the chain has relationships with more than 12,000 vendors in 60 countries. Marshalls stores receive up to 10,000 new items each week.
With such a huge range of merchandise, stores like Marshalls and Winners can be overwhelming, to say the least. Trying to find the brand-name product you want in the size you need – amid tens of thousands of other items – is a time-consuming task, especially considering that Marshalls stores average a hefty 32,000 square feet in size.
I’ve personally never had much luck with the Winners shopping experience; probably because I’m not patient enough to sift through such a huge volume of merchandise. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve bought an article of clothing at Winners.
StyleSense, on the other hand, has been one of my favourite shopping destinations since it arrived in 2008. While these stores are also large and well-stocked, they’re not overflowing with as wide a range of products as Winners. Limited to shoes and accessories, these stores are well organized and less overwelming. Still, it’s always a good idea to leave plenty of time for browsing the offerings at StyleSense.
If you’ve got time and patience, shopping at all of these stores can be a rewarding experience, since you can get some of the same brands that other stores carry for a lower price. It sounds like Marshalls’ arrival will bring similar savings opportunities to GTA shoppers.
The first three stores, opening tomorrow, include a location in Leaside, one in Scarborough and one in Woodbridge. Opening April 28th are stores in Ajax and Mississuaga’s Heartland Town Centre.
As an incentive to check out Marshalls on grand opening day tomorrow, you’ll receive a Marshalls gift card valued from $10 to $100 if you’re among the first 100 customers in line at any of the three locations.