Lost stores and the health and whereabouts of employees have remained a primary focus for retailers with outlets in or near the World Trade Center over the past few days. Fortunately, stores in the Centre itself were located at the base of the towers, making it easier for employees to escape. Gap Inc. employees left safely, as did those of Marks & Spencer owned Brooks Brothers, who have a location across the street from the Center. Their site was later used as a rescue centre. Boston-based TJX Cos. has been hard hit, - the company lost seven female employees, who were on the American Airlines plane which crashed into the north tower.