Christmas Tree Shops has its beginnings in the 1950s, in a barn in the quaint Cape Cod town of Yarmouthport, Massachusetts. The store was a holiday gift shop called The Christmas Tree Gift Shop and sold Christmas gifts and ornaments May through October.
Twenty years later, Chuck and Doreen Bilezikian bought the seasonal shop, and with their sons, – more...began to transform the business into a destination for one-of-a-kind items and real value prices. They found authentic deals for their customers, and stocked the shelves with closeouts, overruns by well-known manufacturers, and unique products at wholesale prices. The buildings were renovated into quaint bargain-filled spaces known as the Barn Shop, the Front Shop and the Back Shop (which is why it’s Christmas Tree Shops instead of Shop). Customers were delighted with the treasures -- and the prices -- and slowly the business became a year-round operation. Though no longer a Christmas shop, the name remained, and added even more character to the store's distinctive personality.
Christmas Tree Shops expanded along Cape Cod, opened the first off-Cape store in 1981, and continued to grow. Visitors to New England and Cape Cod fell in love with the quirky, charming stores that carried just about everything under the sun (including the beach umbrella and the sunscreen). For vacationing families, a trip to Christmas Tree Shops became as anticipated as the first trip to the beach. During the holidays, Christmas Tree Shops was (and still is) a wonderland of home décor, trim-a-tree, gifts, stocking stuffers, holiday baking supplies and so much more.
In 2003, the buzz about Christmas Tree Shops caught the attention of housewares and home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond, and later that year, Christmas Tree Shops became part of the Bed Bath & Beyond family. Recognizing that everyone loves an amazing value, Bed Bath & Beyond began introducing Christmas Tree Shops to markets beyond New England and the northeastern United States. In 2012, to communicate to customers in those new markets that the store is more than a holiday destination, new stores opened with either andThat! or Christmas Tree Shops andThat! as the name. Today more than 70 Christmas Tree Shops andThat! and andThat! stores are located in 21 states – less
What do employees at Christmas Tree Shops say about culture and work-life balance?
Lots of opportunity to pitch in and feel useful
Written by Recruitment and Human Resource Coordinator (Current Employee) from Lynnfield, MA on April 2, 2020
There are many different job duties/roles/skills that associates can take advantage of. Lots of opportunity for transferring jobs or advancement, depending on how many stores are in the area. Even though pay and benefits aren't the greatest, several folks have been there for decades, which says a lot about the company. It's a great job for people who - more...
Fun retail environment, great merchandise, great employee discount. Customers are fun to work with. Room for growth within company.
Compensation isn't very competitive compared to other retailers, Schedules tend to change week to week.