TJ Maxx to leave Westgate Mall, relocate across the street

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - TJ Maxx is leaving its current Madison location but it won’t be going too far.

Galway Companies oversees the properties on South Whitney Way Whitney Square shopping center.

Tara Furst, a spokesperson for Galway Companies, tells NBC15 TJ Maxx is moving across the street in the same complex as Office Depot.

In addition to TJ Maxx, the Whitney Square area will welcome a Five Below and Sierra Trading Post this fall.

With the departure of TJ Maxx, these leaves only a handful of businesses in Westgate Mall.

“Things have been remarkably stable for us considering the mall is emptying out,” said Paul Zarnikow., the owner of Wisconsin Craft Market.

Wisconsin Craft Market originally came to Westgate Mall in 1990.

He says there is a loyal base of customers who will long distances to visit his store.

“People come from all over the state, even Minnesota and Illinois to visit our store as well,” Zarnikow said. “It hasn’t stopped anybody from coming.”

Alongside Wisconsin Craft Market, the Friends of the Sequoya Library will be the only other operational store once TJ Maxx leaves.

“We have book sales the first Saturday of every month,” said Nadine Pfotenhauer President of the Friends of Sequoya Library. “We love it here.”

All the money raised at the bookstore goes back to the Sequoya Library.

“We’ve bought a lot of furniture and we just purchased seven new iPads for the teen area,” Pfotenhauer said.

Hy-vee, Inc. currently has ownership over the Westgate Mall and tenants say they rent has stayed reasonable.

“We’ve had a lease for many years but the last couple of years we’ve been without a lease,” said Zarnikow. “They’re going to have to drag me out of here.”

Hy-Vee Public Relations Director Christina Gayman provided a statement from the company which reads: “We are entertaining options to get the Westgate Mall development back under contract.”

Zarnikow is hopeful for a remodel in the near future.

“At some point it will be remodeled, but it could take a long time,” he said.

Both the Friends of the Sequoya Library bookstore and the Wisconsin Craft Market benefits from the locations.

“We love being here because the neighborhood is so active,” Pfotenhauer added.