HomeGoods may build home at Columbia Center

A new HomeGoods store may be sprouting up at Columbia Center soon.

An application has been made to the City of Kennewick to build a new 22,200-sq.-ft. HomeGoods store at 1321 N. Columbia Center, east of Old Country Buffet.

HomeGoods is owned by TJX, which also owns the T.J. Maxx and Marshalls retail stores.

TJX launched HomeGoods in 1992 to offer discounted home fashions, giftware, home basics, accent furniture, lamps, rugs, accessories and seasonal merchandise — think T.J. Maxx without any clothing.

HomeGoods has been on an aggressive growth spurt in Washington state, opening seven stores within the last few years. The retailer has stores in Federal Way, Silverdale, Issaquah, Lynnwood, Gig Harbor, Olympia, and recently opened a store in Spokane.

The building permit was applied for on Dec. 4 and a site plan was previously submitted and approved.

Representatives for Simon Property Group declined to comment and HomeGoods representatives did not return email and phone requests for interviews and information.

HomeGoods has approximately 500 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico. The average HomeGoods store employs about 60 full- and part-time employees.

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