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T.J. Maxx shows interest

By July 14, 2012

According to a June 28 Enterprise story, the developer of the Target shopping center says T.J. Maxx officials are interested in coming to the Second Street center.

Dan Ramos, vice president of Ramco, said if a 25,000-square-foot T.J. Maxx moves in, only two 7,500-foot and one 6,000-foot parcel would remain in the center as designed, leaving the city with few options for what types of stores could inhabit the spaces.

To remedy the problem, the developer has proposed altering those restrictions to help draw new retail to the open pads. Instead of city-imposed 10,000-foot minimums for community and regional retail stores, the developer suggests 2,000. And instead of an 8,000-square-foot minimum for apparel stores, it proposes 3,000 square feet.

Lower minimums would allow other retail shops that don’t need as much space, like telecommunications shops that sell cell phones and tablets.

The Davis Downtown Business Association is forming a committee to discuss the site design. The changes would have to go through the city’s Planning Commission and then the City Council, with public hearings.

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing, marketing and design.
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