Saturday, August 1, 2009

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I Went On a 2-Hour Treasure Hunt at AJ Wright

Yesterday, my dear husband and I were invited to tour the newly renovated AJ Wright store in Methuen, MA. Since we do not have an AJ Wright in our area, I was very curious about what the store would be like. AJ Wright's parent company is TJX, which means its sister companies are TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods . . . all stores in which I enjoy shopping.

Currently, AJ Wright has 141 stores in the U.S. and expects to add 9 more by the end of the summer. I know that 3 of those 9 will be in the Atlanta, GA area. The store we visited in Methuen is one of two Boston-area stores that have been completely renovated. The rest of the Massachusetts stores will receive a similar makeover soon.



When my husband and I arrived at the Methuen AJ Wright, the first thing my husband noted was that it had a similar feel to walking into an Old Navy store. The entrance, the high ceilings, the size of the store, the lighting, and the placement of the marketing all contributed to this first impression.

Going into this, I knew that AJ Wright carried discounted brand name clothing. I was extremely curious as to how it differed from TJ Maxx and Marshalls. From what I learned from the tour, AJ Wright carries some very famous brand names in urbanwear that its sister companies do not. It also has a larger plus size department, carries both work and school uniforms from polos to scrubs all year round, has a licensed-only toy department, and has a larger bedding and housewares department. AJ Wright also offers layaways.

Here are some of the name brands that jumped out at me as we walked through:

American Eagle Outfitters
Apple Bottoms
Baby Phat
Chaps
Ecko
Enyce
Jessica Simpson
Nautica
Nike
Nine West
Phat Farm
Puma
Sean John
XOXO



Meet Ashley and Keri, 2 of the 3 women who worked so hard to organize this event:


The things that stood out to me the most during this visit to AJ Wright were that the vast selection of handbags were very neatly organized by color. Also, all the clothing in this huge store was organized by size and it was clear the crew must spend quite a bit of time on the upkeep. Something that really jumped out at me was how neatly all the tabletop picture frames were displayed on the shelves . . . all facing the same way and evenly spaced. Plus, my husband was very happy with the selection of licenced team jerseys and other activewear.

We were invited to go on a bargain hunting shopping spree with a $100 gift card. Take a minute to look at some of the treasures we found . . .


I genuinely wish that there was an AJ Wright in our area. It is a store that is full of one-time buys. Since the selection is updated weekly, you really never know what you are going to find. Many of the items we picked up only had two or three in the whole store. The experience is quite similar to sifting through a clearance rack, except instead of one or two racks, it is the whole store that you want to look through. It truly was like going on a treasure hunt.