FRAMINGHAM, MA-Off-price retailer TJX Cos., the operator of Marshalls and TJ Maxx chains, will scale back the expansion of some of its smaller concepts while it strives for better financial results. That was the message of Ben Cammarata, the acting CEO and chairman, who has been in the former role less than a month.

Cammarata, formerly CEO of the company between 1976 and 2000, replaced Edmund English who resigned as president and CEO on Sept. 13 amid tough sales results. Carol Meyrowitz, a former TJX executive who was most recently a consultant for the retailer, was named president last week.

During TJX’s latest quarter, which ended July 30, year-over-year same-store sales inched up 1%, and they increased 2% for the first half of the year. Earnings per share in the first half were $0.55, down from $0.56 during the same year-ago period.

TJX executives’ first step to improve results was to discontinue its e-commerce business, which was on track to lose $15 million this year. After this month, the company’s websites will only be used for marketing purposes.

The company is also slowing down the roll out of its AJ Wright, HomeGoods and Bob’s Stores chains. The expansion of AJ Wright, a moderate-income concept with 148 units, will be dropped to 10 stores next year, down from the 25 that were planned to open this year. Future plans for the concept will be growth in existing markets. “Our rollout of stores was too aggressive,” Cammarata notes.

TJX will only add one Bob’s Store next year down from five this year. Camamrata announced plans to introduce more women’s offerings at the 35-store sportswear chain, which TJX acquired at the end of 2003 for $59 million.

Meanwhile, at the 238-store HomeGoods home furnishings chain, TJX will only open 15 units in 2006, down from the 40 planned for this year. As for TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Winners (its Canadian concept), the company will open 90 to 100 units, up from just over 60 this year. TJX operates 788 TJ Maxx, 709 Marshalls and 170 Winners.

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