Shoppers hit the Maxx

Shoppers hit the Maxx
Photo by Tom Callan

Shoppers were out in force on Sunday for the grand opening of T.J. Maxx on 86th Street between Fifth and Gelston Avenues, and the hype continued into Monday afternoon as fashionistas found their new go-to-store for discounted goods.

“This store was so much better than I expected,” said Riccey Trelles from Sunset Park. “The prices are great and everything is so organized, it’s great.”

The mega store, which has four levels, has stocked its shelves with bags, dresses and bathing suits at half the suggested retail price of designers like BCBG, LeSportsac and Michael Kors.

But this isn’t just a store for women, this T.J. Maxx also has a large men’s section on the third floor with designers such as Ed Hardy and Nautica.

“I really enjoyed the store,” said Peter Wong of Bay Ridge. “Good selections, I would definitely come back.”

The addition of T.J. Maxx on 86th Street creates competition for the legendary Century 21 department store, which has been selling discounted goods half a block away for decades.

But shoppers say it’s still too soon to tell whether T.J. Maxx will make Century 21 so last season.

“I think T.J. Maxx is great,” said Jackie Fallon of Bay Ridge. “But it’s definitely too early to know if it will be better than Century 21.”