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T.J. Maxx, Marshalls still paying Puerto Rico workers despite closed stores after Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — It’s been six weeks since Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico in shambles.

The hurricane-ravaged island is still contending with widespread power and water shortages, and dozens of stores remain closed.

But for employees of three stores, being without work hasn’t meant being without a paycheck.

TJX Companies, which owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, has continued to pay its employees.

A company spokeswoman confirmed the payments after she was asked about a Facebook post that’s been shared more than 41,000 times.

“We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances,” TJX spokeswoman Erika Tower said in an emailed statement.

In the Facebook post, Ivan Melendez praised Marshalls for the payments and for providing supplies to employees, including his son.

“Thanks to the Marshalls stores for such an honorable gesture,” reads Melendez’s post in Spanish. “From now on I’m going to support this chain even more.”

The Massachusetts-based company owns 29 stores across Puerto Rico. It’s unclear how many of those stores remain closed or how many people the stores employ. The spokeswoman wouldn’t go into details.