Framingham, MA—The TJX Companies investment in expanding oversees just took a turn toward Oz. The off-price retailer said today that it has completed its acquisition of Trade Secret, an off-price retailer that operates 35 stores in Australia, from Gazal Corporation Limited for a purchase price of $80 million Australian (subject to customary post-closing adjustment).
The acquisition of Trade Secret provides TJX an opportunistic entry into Australia, where TJX currently operates one of its 13 buying offices.
Said TJX Chairman/CEO Carol Meyrowitz: “We believe that, similar to our successful expansion in Canada, which started with our acquisition of Winners in 1990, we can further develop Trade Secret by leveraging our off-price leadership experience, global buying scale, vendor universe, marketing, and other capabilities. As one of the few major U.S. retailers to have expanded profitably in international markets, including Canada and Europe, we are very confident in our potential to grow successfully in our third continent and eighth country. We are delighted to welcome Trade Secret and its organization to TJX.”
Trade Secret offers branded apparel for women, men and children, as well as footwear, accessories and home fashions at great values. Trade Secret stores are located in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and the Capital Territory. Trade Secret opened its first store in 1992 and since then, has grown to over $160 million Australian in revenue for its fiscal year ended June 2015.