I have been waiting for this day to come for over a year now and I am truly excited to finally say that Maui welcomes T.J. Maxx and today they were celebrating their Grand Opening. Despite the warnings of funky weather and storms due to Guillermo, many made it out early this morning to experience the doors opening on this big day. I received confirmation that many stood in line from 6am as the doors opened at 8am and many experienced the opening festivities that went off without a hitch. I arrived just after 8am and while the line was wrapped half way around the building, it moved quickly and I was able to get into the building within a minute of standing in line.
As I neared the entrance with my girlfriend Jamie, we were greeted politely and sweetly by many employees of the new T.J. Maxx as well as Corporate Representatives. I’ll be honest, I have been to Grand Openings of stores before and it was awesome to see smiling faces on employees that looked genuinely happy to be working for the company. While walking around – I overheard several of the workers exclaim that they were excited to be working for a company that had already proved to be beneficial.
I was a bit bummed to have missed out on the opening festivities, but nonetheless, I was just happy to be a part of this launch day. Walking around the store was a bit hectic as is any store when it is newly opened, especially when you live on an island that really doesn’t have too many stores like such. But, considering I have shopped like a mad woman on days like Black Friday – it was busy but it really wasn’t as bad as it could have been. It was nice to see a variety of products and selections available and I immediately set my eyes on the handbag section which I’ll be back to visit later. The displays were placed appropriately and I loved seeing how neat and organized it all was on the inside. I’ll be honest, I loath shopping at another discount store because of the disorganized mess, so I am hoping T.J. Maxx will hold on to their reputation by keeping it in order as it was today.
Despite the craziness and the large crowds, employees still managed to keep a smile on their face and I stopped to ask several questions and received knowledgeable responses, friendly smiles and accommodation which was a breathe of fresh air.
It’s nice to know that there is much more option on the island for shopping and I wish T.J. Maxx would have opened a month earlier to accommodate for school shopping, but I’m glad it is open today. Filled with various name brands at discounted prices, I found everything from housewares to cosmetics (and everything in between) and I look forward to visiting the store again in the future to really take the time to check it out. It’s nice to know that some of the higher end brands that I love (like hair care) can be purchased at a discount here.
The little showers that we experienced this morning certainly didn’t rain on anyone’s parade and shoppers were excited to see what the store offered. I love the personal “Hawaii” touches I seen through out the store and while I didn’t purchase anything today – I know I’ll be back soon.