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Port Washington North Mayor Robert Weitzner cutting the ribbon at the HomeGoods grand opening surrounded by the store's staff. Manager Kristin Greenburg is second from left in the back row.

The HomeGoods store that has just opened at the Delco shopping center in Port Washington North provides a welcome addition to the Port Washington marketplace. HomeGoods provides a unique selection of branded, discounted items for every room in the home.

The first impression is of a spacious, well-lit environment filled with attractive displays of a wide variety of items, large and small, for the home. The shop is chock-full without being crammed; the aisles are wide and there is ample room to browse. HomeGoods is an excellent place to find something to perk up your house or to purchase a special gift at a reasonable price. Selections range from the whimsical to the ultra-elegant and the strictly utilitarian.

New merchandise is delivered regularly, but we will mention some of the things that caught our eye. There was a good selection of lamps, including some by Lenox, at up to 50 percent off, as well as pictures, frames, and rugs. Porch, patio, and indoor and outdoor furniture, much of it unusual, was offered at a significant discount. For the bedroom and bathroom, they offered towels (including some very colorful beach towels), sheets, pillowcases, throw pillows and other bedding, both basic and luxury (some brand names we spotted included Wamsutta and Ralph Lauren). For dining, there were very attractive tablecloths, place mats, and formal and informal dinnerware, including Royal Albert, Spode, hand-blown cut crystal, and hand-painted dinnerware from Provence and Italy. HomeGoods offers a small selection of high-quality cookware (Le Creuset, for example, heavily discounted), a few small appliances, and some cookbooks and gift books. There is a wonderful assortment of decorative accessories and gadgets and tchotchkes of all kinds. You can find a small selection of gourmet foods like coffee, candy, cookies, condiments and specialty drink mixes. (Their specialty flavored coffee was priced about $2 a pound less than ordinary coffee at local supermarkets.) For relaxation, there were yoga mats and candles and a few scented lotions. They even have stuff for your pet.

Under the guidance of manager Kristin Greenberg, who came to Port Washington from the Commack store, the HomeGoods staff are well-trained, efficient, helpful and enthusiastic. In keeping with company policy, over 80 percent of the staff were hired locally. From appearances, they are very diverse in age, gender, and ethnicity (again, this is the practice in all HomeGoods stores). Every item is clearly marked with the regular retail price and the HomeGoods discounted price. The return policy is generous: with receipt, refund in full within 30 days for the full amount (even if the item is later marked down) in the same form as the original payment. Without the receipt, a store credit is given for the amount on the price tag.

Seen at the opening, Robert Weitzner, Port Washington North Mayor, said, "It looks like this store will be a big hit in the community." Other comments heard from residents busy filling their oversized carts with goodies: "I love it." "A great place for everything." "It's really nice." "Port Washington really needed a place like this."

The Port Washington HomeGoods store, located next to Stop & Shop on Shore Road, is part of a national expansion program. The stores are owned by the TJX Companies, Inc. who also own and operate T.J. Maxx and Marshall's, among others. Robyn Arvedon, spokesperson for HomeGoods, said, "We are confident that Port Washington area shoppers will find HomeGoods to be an excellent resource for saving both time and money when shopping for today's most exciting home fashions." The store hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Logo
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