The T.J. Maxx parking lot in Avon was nearly filled Thursday as shoppers took advantage of closing sales.
The Avon location of the popular bargain designer fashion chain is closing for good on July 14 at 6 p.m., according to signs on the store windows.
"We are always assessing and reviewing our real estate strategies and our decision to close the Avon store reflects that thinking," Sherry Lang, senior vice president of global communications at the TJX Companies, Inc., wrote in an email to Patch.
The Avon store employees have been offered "the ability to work at our other area stores," Lang said.
In order to clear out its remaining merchandise, all items, except jewelry, are 20 percent off the regular retail prices through the closing date.
Many customers were in the store the day after the 4th of July, looking at everything from clothes and shoes to sunglasses and kitchenware.
"We are grateful for the patronage of our T.J. Maxx customers in Avon and believe they will continue to find great values at our nearby stores in Granby and Farmington," Lang said.
The next closest T.J. Maxx stores you'll be able to go to after next Saturday are in , at The Convenience Center on 600 Southeast Rd., and in at Stop & Shop Plaza on 124A Salmon Brook Street.
The Avon site was one of 28 T.J. Maxx stores in Connecticut and the newest is in Southbury.
Bargain shopping is still an option in Avon at in Nod Brook Mall at 315 West Main St. (Route 44), also owned by the TJX Company, and at area boutiques like and .
Lang confirmed that TJX Companies, Inc. will be opening 50 T.J. Maxx stores nationally and closing 10 stores under the company's banner globally in the United States, Canada and Europe, including companies like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores. She declined to identify the specific towns.
Correction: This article originally states that T.J. Maxx will be closing 10 stores globally. It is TJX Companies, Inc. that will be closing 10 of the company's banner stores globally, which include companies like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods. The error has been corrected.