As Ross starts to reopen in certain parts of the country throughout May, they’re going to be bursting at the seams.
The discount department store has been closed since March 20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now that they’re starting to be open again, their supplier stores will have a ton of unsold merchandise ready for them.
Rivals TJMaxx and Marshalls got a head start on Ross, but plenty of shoppers are saying that Ross is winning the reopening sale wars.
Expect most store items to be discounted at least 70%.
Second-chance retailers like Ross dole out markdowns based on how long a product has been on the shelves.
Generally, something that’s been at Ross for 4 weeks gets discounted 50% from Ross’s first listed price and 70% off after 6 weeks. The cheapest clearance price you’ll ever find is $0.49.
Since it’ll have been 8 weeks since Ross stores closed, look for plenty of deals in that 70% and higher discount range.
Employees are sharing that 80 to 90% of the store is now clearance priced.
Without an online store (although TJMaxx just recently turned their website back on), all of their product has been on the shelves for at least two months while locations have been closed.
A Ross employee’s TikTok video went viral this week, as she shared that about 80% of the store is going to be clearance priced — and that she spent two days tagging clearance items.
Some TJMaxx employees on Reddit similarly said that about 90% of the store has been marked down, and that anything that was already marked down when stores closed have been discounted an extra 50% off. Customers have started sharing their “red tag” finds.
More inventory is pouring in — fast.
Although mainline department stores have been making deep discounts online during the coronavirus crisis, they prefer to offload unsold merchandise to stores like Ross, TJMaxx and Marshalls.
With a number of department stores filing bankruptcy, expect some stores to use these discount retailers as part of their liquidation strategy.
Check your local store to see when they open.
Stores are now open in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming — with more to come.
The Ross website lets you find your local store, and will display an opening date if one has been announced. (Stores in most states haven’t announced reopening plans yet, however.)
If you can’t make it on the day your store reopens, remember, markdowns happen on Mondays.
Every Sunday, Ross store managers get the markdown list from the corporate headquarters, and usually one department a week will be marked down. Every department will get a markdown at least once a month.
But that could change with all the inventory Ross is trying to move. Check out our other Ross shopping hacks.
Expect long lines and capacity crowds.
Don’t worry, this is an old pic. 😷
On Reddit, one TJMaxx employee said people had lined up for 2 hours before her store’s reopening, and that the store hit capacity within 2 minutes of opening. She said the store had a line to get in all day long, and that the store remained at full capacity.
There’s been plenty of media coverage about big crowds at these reopened discount department stores, and Ross looks to be no different.
Keep that in mind if you’re continuing to practice social distancing.
ALSO: Ross has dedicated shopping hours from 9-10 AM Tuesdays for shoppers age 55 and older, and “those at greater risk.”
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