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Filene’s Basement and Syms to open joint store

By Jenn Abelson
Globe Staff / March 13, 2010

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Bargain icon Filene’s Basement and its new owner, Syms, are teaming up to open a joint store in the current Syms location on Route 1 in Norwood.

The 33,000-square-foot shop, opening Thursday, aims to feature the best selection from each discounter under one roof. Filene’s Basement will stock one half with women’s fashions and accessories, men’s basics, shirts, ties, sportswear, outerwear, along with home textiles and luggage. Syms’ merchandise will be in the remaining half, including a “Tailored & Tux’’ department that will carry a wide selection of men’s suits in all sizes, plus sports coats, dress pants, overcoats, raincoats, and tuxedos. A tailor will offer on-site service for hemming dress pants and a two-day turnaround for cuffs and waist alterations. Syms will also offer children’s apparel along with men’s and women’s shoes.

“It made perfect sense to combine the strengths of both stores to offer customers the best shopping experience,’’ Syms chief executive Marcy Syms said in a statement.

The first co-branded store with Filene’s Basement and Syms opened last fall in Fairfield, Conn. The company plans to expand this concept to other Syms locations, including Hartford next month and Westbury, Long Island, and Westchester in New York and Paramus, N.J., in the fall.