Marshalls to locate at North Franklin mall

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Marshalls is opening a department store at Washington Crown Center in North Franklin Township.


The big-box retailer will take over the space currently occupied by Black Rose Antiques and Collectibles outlet, where dealers have been told to clear out their merchandise by the end of February, mall spokesman Michael Joyce confirmed Thursday.


“Marshalls is a great addition to our center and the type of store our shoppers have been requesting for years,” said Joyce, a general manager for the mall’s owner, Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust.


He said the 25,000-square-foot store will “make quite a positive impact” on the mall when it opens in October. It will be the first Marshalls in this market area, Joyce added.


Marshalls already has picked up the necessary documents to apply for a building permit at the mall off Route 40, said William Boucher, North Franklin manager.


“Things are moving,” Boucher said, adding that the cost of construction has yet to be calculated.


The store will join Sears, Bon-Ton, Macy’s and Gander Mountain among the larger stores in the mall.


Marshalls has yet to announce a new Washington-area store and had no comment about it Thursday, said Carrie Garfield, public relations supervisor for its parent company, Massachusetts-based TJX Companies Inc., which also operates T.J. Maxx stores.


The closing of the 3-year-old antiques mall has some dealers there complaining about receiving short notice to move and seeking a new location to set up shop in the Washington area.


“The dealers certainly are in a panic right now,” said Cyndi Nace, who is on a committee of dealers looking for a new location.


“There are 100 people with nowhere to go,” Nace said. “The rug has been pulled out from under us.”


Dealer Barbara Orbin said the store has had a waiting list of people wanting to sell there, and that it has “been a great attraction” for the mall.


Joyce said PREIT “considered other locations for Black Rose within the mall, but unfortunately we were unable to come up with other viable options for relocation at this time.”


It was not immediately known Thursday how many jobs the Marshalls store will create.


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