BATAVIA – Hundreds of shoppers converged Thursday for the grand opening of Marshalls, specializing in designer and brand name apparel for men, women and children. An 8 a.m. opening did not discourage bargain hunters,

The 25,000-square-foot store joins a dozen others in two strip malls on Veterans Memorial Drive in the Town of Batavia.

Marshalls is part of the Towne Center at Batavia anchored by Target and amid neighbors such as Walmart and Home Depot. The nationwide chain will employ about 60 full- and part-time workers and joins Dick’s Sporting Goods in space left when a home improvement retailer closed two years ago.