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Home furnishings retailer to open first Florida location in Sarasota

Homesense is expected to open Nov. 10 at University Town Center.

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  • | 3:09 p.m. October 25, 2022
The first Homesense in Florida will open in University Town Center. (Courtesy photo)
The first Homesense in Florida will open in University Town Center. (Courtesy photo)
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Florida's first Homesense store is expected to open in Sarasota — just in time for Black Friday shopping. 

The home furnishings retailer is opening a location in the University Town Center in Sarasota on Nov. 10 occupying a 30,000-square-foot store in the West District at UTC. Homesense is one of the brands under the TJX Companies, which also includes TJMaxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls. 

The store, which offers furniture, rugs, lighting, wall art and more, launched in Canada in 2001. In 2017 it made its way into the U.S. where there are now about 40 stores. 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of Homesense’s entry into Florida,” Mark Chait, executive director of leasing for Benderson Development, says in the news release. “The UTC district is known for its exciting brands and experiences, and we’re pleased to introduce another first-to-market retailer to the greater Sarasota-Bradenton community.”

UTC, a Benderson Development mixed-use property, is located off Interstate 75 and University Parkway. It features over 4 million square feet of retail space, restaurants, hotels and office space. 

Homesense is among a lineup of new businesses coming to UTC that are expected to open soon, including: 

  • Christmas Tree Shops
  • Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar
  • Yard House
  • Foxtail Coffee Co.
  • 3Natives Acai and Juicery 
  • Anna Maria Oyster Bar
  • Kelly’s Roast Beef.
  • Post Kitchen & Bar.
  • The Breakfast Co.



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