NEW YORK — Stanley Harris Feldberg, an innovative merchant who for more than two decades led the company that went on to become discount giant TJX Cos., died April 24 in Charleston, S.C. He was 79.
The cause was prostate cancer, said his wife, Theodora Lehrer Feldberg.
Feldberg joined his family’s company, Bell Hosiery Stores, in 1949. In 1956, the company was reorganized as a chain of discount department stores and took on the Zayre name. That year Feldberg was named president, a role he held until 1978.
In Feldberg’s lifetime the firm, based in Framingham, Mass. and now known as TJX, grew to include T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, A.J. Wright and Bob’s Stores in the U.S., as well as Winners and HomeSense stores in Canada and T.K. Maxx stores in Europe.
He retired from his last posts, as a director of TJX and BJ’s Wholesale Club, in 1996.
Feldberg graduated from Dartmouth in 1946 after interrupting his education to enlist in the Army Air Force during World War II.
Feldberg also served as president of Beth Israel Hospital, a trustee of Brandeis University and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, as well as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Storm Eye Institute of the Medical University of South Carolina.
In addition to his wife, Feldberg is survived by his daughter Margery Feldberg, son Mark, sister Barbara Stern, and four grandchildren.