MANITOWOC – Let the countdown begin! The Lakeshore area’s TJ Maxx will open at 8 a.m. May 20 according to a recorded phone message on the new Manitowoc store’s phone line.

The discount retailer has moved into the old MC Sports site next to Kohl’s Department Store. The store sells clothing, shoes, accessories and home décor. MC Sports closed about a year ago as part of a national downsizing.

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City and business leaders weren’t told much about the new store opening, but said at the original announcement that they are excited as local “maxxinistas.”

The closing of Younkers at the Lakeshore Edgewater Plaza and the arrival of TJ Maxx in Harbor Town Center follows national trends of retail stores and restaurants locating near major traffic areas,…