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MANCHESTER — The town's Design Advisory Committee approved plans for three signs related to the new TJ Maxx anticipated to open sometime next year at the Manchester Shopping Center on Depot Street.

The plans — presented to the committee on Sept. 25 by Heather Dudko, a representative of New Haven, Connecticut-based firm American Sign — call for a sign under the pedestrian walkway near the store's entrance, a sign on the building's facade and a new panel on a freestanding sign structure previously approved by the Development Review Board over the summer.

The new sign panel and canopy sign will be red with white lettering, while the sign on the facade will be white with red lettering.

All three committee members who were present voted in favor of the approval.

The sign application is the only confirmed detail that shows TJ Maxx intends to open a new location in the shopping center located at 263 Depot St. next to Price Chopper.

The new business forced the Village Picture Shows to close after its lease was not renewed to make room for a new tenant, officially only identified as Tenant A.

TJX Companies, the parent company of TJ Maxx, has refused to comment on whether the company plans to open a new location in Manchester.

Crosspoint Associates, the owner of the shopping plaza, originally attempted to get approval to make major modifications to the property in an attempt to bring in a new grocery tenant but failed to get Act 250 approval.

It is now going to make improvements to the building as it is and attempt to attract tenants to the space available.


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