EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Six months after closing its well-known outlet at its former manufacturing plant in Galloway Township, Lenox Corp. has opened a new store with similar merchandise on Fire Road here.

"We were really looking forward to being back in business in that area," Pam Metcalf, vice president of retail for Lenox, said Friday. "After the other store closed in March, our initiative was to stay in the area as close as possible to our loyal and dedicated customers."

The Lenox Egg Harbor Warehouse will sell china, crystal, silver, gifts and seasonal items in its Lenox, Dansk and Gorham brands, Metcalf said.

Merchandise will include "a strong mix of first-quality, discontinued and some very select seconds," she said.

The 15,500-square-foot store will be open seven days a week and employ a staff of about 27, she said. More than 90 percent of the workers at the previous store have moved to positions in the new store.

Lenox operated a factory for 51 years at the Galloway Township location, making china there until in 2005. In 2006, BTR Capital Group paid $7 million for the plant site.

Lenox continued to operate a store there until the company sought bankruptcy protection toward the end of 2008. In March of this year, shortly after the store closed, Lenox and its brands were acquired by Clarion Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private investment firm.

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