Ohio has offered the TJX Cos. a $150,000 grant to build in New Albany.

Ohio has offered the TJX Cos. a $150,000 grant to build in New Albany.

State Rep. Marian Harris (D-Columbus) announced Monday, May 24, that the state offered the incentive deal on which the Massachusetts-based company has been waiting.

Officials from TJX, the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright, have been looking at sites in Ohio, Georgia and Texas for the company's expansion. The state grant will allow TJX to purchase new equipment and machinery, according to Harris.

New Albany village council members unanimously approved their incentive package for TJX Tuesday, May 18. The village has offered the company a 65-percent, 15-year property-tax abatement.

"It's a good day in the village of New Albany," community development director Jennifer Chrysler said at the May 18 meeting. "This is a company we have been working with for some time. It's just such good news to share tonight."

Mike Brogan, who represented TJX at the meeting, said the search for a location to build the company's corporate technology center has been a multistate and multiyear effort.

Brogan said TJX hopes to break ground on its 60,000-square-foot facility in New Albany's research and information district by the end of the year. The estimated completion date of the project is September 2011.

- Gail Martineau