Ross Dress for Less to open in Hamburg this spring

ctruman@herald-leader.comFebruary 6, 2014 

Ross Dress for Less, a chain that offers closeout deals on clothing and home goods, will open its first Lexington store in Hamburg on March 8.

The 24,000-square-foot store at 2200 Sir Barton Way will open in the space vacated by Office Max, which closed a year ago.

Ross Stores, headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., operates more than 1,100 stores under the Ross Dress for Less name.

Ross spokeswoman Connie Wong wrote in an email message that the company began expanding in the Midwest in late 2011. The Hamburg store will be the company's fourth store in Kentucky, joining two Ross stores in Louisville and one in Elizabethtown.

She said Ross is the nation's largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain.

"Our buyers in New York and Los Angeles keep their fingers on the pulse of the latest styles and work closely with manufacturers to negotiate the best deals for our customers," Wong wrote.

She said that Ross store "is unique with the merchandise we carry. Further, we receive new merchandise many times a week, so customers can find a constant flow of designer and name-brand items at savings of 20 to 60 percent off department store prices."

Off-price retailers Marshalls and Gordmans also have stores in Hamburg.

T.J. Maxx operates a Lexington store on Lowry Lane, off Nicholasville Road. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are owned by TJX Cos. That company also operates Home Goods stores, which has a store on East New Circle Road in Woodhill.

Other closeout retailers in Lexington include Burlington Coat Factory and Gabriel Brothers, both on Richmond Road.

For its most recent fiscal quarter, which ended in November, Ross Stores reported net earnings of $171.6 million, up from $159.5 million for the same period of 2012. Sales were up 6 percent to $2.4 billion. The company next reports earnings on Feb. 27.

Cheryl Truman: (859) 231-3202. Twitter: @CherylTruman.

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