NEW YORK (AP) -- TJX Cos. says it is shuttering its A.J. Wright discount stores by mid-February, cutting 4,400 jobs and converting some stores to other brands such as T.J. Maxx.
Ninety-one stores will be converted into T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores, and 71 will close entirely, along with two distribution centers. About 3,400 staffers will remain employed at the converted stores.
In Metro Atlanta, A.J. Wright will permanently close two locations: Decatur and Stone Mountain. Five other Metro Atlanta stores will re-open under names.
TJX said the move allows the company, based in Framingham, Mass., to focus on its more profitable businesses. Most positions are part time.
"All associates will have the opportunity to be compensated through the holiday season, and about half of the positions will be retained through late January," CEO Carol Meyrowitz said.