This story has been updated.
The last time I visited 3222 M St. NW in Georgetown, I stood glumly in a long line at the DMV to have my D.C. driver’s license renewed. But yesterday, I headed down an escalator into the same cavernous space directly into a lively trend bazaar: the new T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods combo store that opened last weekend.
The 50,000-square-foot store is loaded with bright, affordable pieces that you used to have to drive to the burbs for: bed linens, comforters, towels, kitchen supplies, lamps, mirrors and furniture. I loved the Italian wool throws (originally $80, marked $39.99), the striped jute runner ($20, marked $9.99) and the giant six-foot mirror with an espresso wood frame ($160, marked $79.99). The trash can department and storage basket aisles are well stocked, and it’s tempting to upgrade and pile a shopping cart full. A couple of shoppers were photographing a particularly nice celadon linen print club chair by Lane marked with a price of $299.
The only department that didn’t do much for me was the framed art section, but I’ve never liked large animal paintings or bright orange sunsets on my walls. And you have to be careful: that $16.99 sequined pillow isn’t likely to hold up so great after the holidays.
Original story (June 5, 2013):
HomeGoods is bringing its supermarket-style, discount home design shopping to Georgetown this fall.
“I am pleased to confirm that we are expecting to open a HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx combo store in the M Street location sometime in September,” Doreen Thompson, vice president at HomeGoods parent company TJX, wrote in an e-mail.
That location would be at the Shops at Georgetown Park, 3222 M St. NW, a cavernous indoor mall that has had a lot of empty storefronts for the past few years. Imagine a large store offering shopping carts to push up and down the aisles of trendy ikat pillows, capiz shell bathroom accessories, jeweled frames, preserved boxwood balls, turquoise garden stools and orange ceramic lamps.
HomeGoods, which has locations in the Washington suburbs but none in the District, sometimes partners with sister companies Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, which it will do in Georgetown. It will be setting up shop in one of Washington’s most exclusive neighborhoods lined with high-end retail.
“I don’t shop there myself, but I know that some of my customers do. It’s that old high-low decorating thing,” said Adam Mahr, owner of Georgetown’s accessories shop A Mano. “They have a great following . Frankly, I think the more retail we have here, the better it is for everybody.”
“HomeGoods is opening in Georgetown? That’s amazing,” said Annie Elliott, an interior designer based in Woodley Park. “I just spent a small fortune at their Rockville store last week looking for props for a photo shoot.”
Elliott says although she finds that the quality of certain items at HomeGoods lacking, it is a great place to pick up the “odd trinket, napkins, vases and pillows.” You have to be careful, though, she says. “The pieces can be interesting, but they walk the line between interesting and tacky,” Elliott said. “You have to ask yourself, ‘Is is really cool or really awful?’ ”
And Elliott has a confession to make. The gray wood mirror in her own foyer is a $30 steal from HomeGoods.