TJX Acquires Australian Off-Price Retailer

In What's New, Industry News by Accessories Staff

Trade Secret store AustraliaThe TJX Companies, Inc. has agreed to purchase Trade Secret, an off-price retailer with 35 stores in Australia, from Gazal Corporation Limited. The price is $80 million Australian dollars, which is approximately $58.5 million U.S. dollars.

The acquisition would give TJX the opportunity to enter the Australian market, where TJX currently operates one of its 13 buying offices.

TJX expects the transaction to be completed by the end of 2015, pending all customary closing conditions.

Trade Secret offers branded apparel for women, men and children, as well as footwear, accessories and home fashions at great values. Virtually all of the Trade Secret stores are located in the eastern part of Australia. Trade Secret opened its first store in 1992 and since then, has grown to AUD$164.5 million in revenue for its fiscal year ended June 2015.

Carol Meyrowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “We are excited about the anticipated addition of Trade Secret to the TJX family of companies and expanding to another continent, which underscores the strength of our international growth opportunities. TJX is one of the few major U.S. retailers to have expanded successfully in international markets, including Canada and Europe, which gives us confidence in our potential growth in Australia.”

TJX successfully expanded into Canada in 1990 with the acquisition of Winners, and believes Trade Secret has a similar demographic, noted Meyrowitz. “We believe TJX can further develop Trade Secret by leveraging our international leadership experience, buying scale, vendor universe, marketing, and other capabilities. We view Trade Secret as a good fit with our own corporate culture and are looking forward to growing this business for the future.”

About The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of May 2, 2015, the end of the Company’s first quarter, the Company operated a total of 3,441 stores in seven countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Austria, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,126 T.J. Maxx, 987 Marshalls, 498 HomeGoods and 6 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as tjmaxx.com and sierratradingpost.com in the United States; 239 Winners, 97 HomeSense, and 39 Marshalls stores in Canada; and 416 T.K. Maxx and 33 HomeSense stores, as well as tkmaxx.com, in Europe.

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