WICHITA — With any luck, by this time next year, shoppers in east and west Wichita will have two new Marshalls stores to shop at.
It looks like the Massachusetts-based retailer is working on two possible deals here.
Parent company TJX Cos. owns Marshalls and sister store T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and in the Westgate shopping center at Kellogg and Dugan.
Marshalls is similar to T.J. Maxx, which is known for carrying designer clothing and homeware at discount prices — “never pay full price for fabulous” is the current tagline — though shoppers often have to wade through merchandise to find those deals.
No one with TJX returned calls for comment, and no one else involved in the deals is talking.
Sources, though, say here's what's in the works:
On the west side, Marshalls is considering locating at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize. The former Borders Books space is the likely new home.
On the east side, the retailer is negotiating at Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich.
There's about 50,000 square feet between World Market and where the new Cabela's is going to open in 2012.
One retailer could take the entire space or it could be divided.
It looked like TJX's HomeGoods concept was briefly considered for Regency Lakes, but it sounds like that's now off the table.
This isn't the first time Marshalls has appeared close to a deal here, so there's still a chance it may not happen.
We'll let you know.