Discount clothing and homeware firm TK Maxx looks set to open a new store in Huddersfield.

The firm, which already has a store in the Kingsgate shopping centre has applied to open a store at the Great Northern Retail Park.

It is not known if it plans to run two stores in Huddersfield or if any additional jobs will be created.

The company refused to confirm to the Examiner what its plans were until an official opening date had been set.

But plans lodged with Kirklees Council show it hopes to take over the defunct JJB Sports unit, next door to Pets At Home.

Will TKMaxx open in the former JJB store on Great Northern Retail Park, Huddersfield
Will TKMaxx open in the former JJB store on Great Northern Retail Park, Huddersfield

The large shop has been empty since JJB Sports folded in 2012.

The sports retailer closed its two other stores in Kingsgate and New Street, four years earlier.

The retail park has a history of traffic problems.

Last November shoppers reported waits of more than hour to get out of the popular shopping area off Leeds Road.

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Kirklees Council responded by bringing traffic wardens in for peak times and said plans to alter the entrance junction were underway.

TK Maxx operates stores throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands,with 407 stores in Europe.

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The company is part of the TJX Companies, which also owns ‘off-price’ retail chains TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, and Sierra Trading Post in the United States, and Marshalls HomeSense, and Winners in Canada.

In 1976, TJ Maxx was founded in Framingham, Massachusetts by Bernard Cammarata, as a nameplate of the Zayre chain of discount department stores.

The first European store opened in Bristol in 1994.