Work begins on future TJ Maxx site at Fairlane Village; restaurant to relocate

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Jun. 18—POTTSVILLE — Work on the new TJ Maxx department store at Fairlane Village has begun, and the mall's last remaining restaurant is moving to a new location.

Rocco Aruzzo, regional manager for mall owner Lexington Realty International, said demolition work started in April at the south side entrance, where the new store will be located, is 80 percent complete.

Brother's Buffet, a Chinese food restaurant in that area of the mall, is moving to the former site of Wells Fargo near the Boscov's entrance. It closed in late May and is expected to reopen at its new location in four to six months, Aruzzo said. Signs outside the south entrance inform shoppers of the restaurant's temporary closure.

TJ Maxx signed a long-term lease with Lexington Realty earlier this year and expects to open the store in 2022. The project was delayed due to the pandemic.

TJ Maxx also has a location at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton, also owned by Lexington Realty, which has been open for two years.

Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, TJ Maxx was founded in 1976 and, along with Marshalls, forms Marmaxx in the United States. It has 1,271 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Aruzzo said he is working on getting a second restaurant for the space previously occupied by Coney Express, which closed in January 2020 after 43 years in business. He is also in negotiations to bring a jewelry store to the former Kay Jewelers, which decided not to renew its lease last year.

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