The J. Jill Group Inc, retailer of women's apparel, accessories and footwear, has announced that it has entered into definitive purchase agreements for the sale of 1,710,000 shares of newly issued common stock to selected institutional investors. The sale of the shares will total $30,780,000 at a purchase price of $18.00 per share, which was established on January 23, 2001, an 18 per cent discount from the Nasdaq closing price.