Two masked gunmen robbed a Marshalls store in South Philadelphia early this morning, making off with $35,000 to $40,000, according to police.

Shortly before 8 a.m., the pair accosted an employee taking out trash, behind the Snyder Plaza store at 2000 S. Swanson St. The two men got inside and forced a manager at gunpoint to open a safe, police said.

Four employees were locked in a breakroom as the robbers fled.

No one was injured, police said.

The perpetrators, who wore gloves and dark clothing, are believed to be lighter-skinned African Africans, 6-foot to 6-foot-2, and of medium build.

The store, did not open as scheduled at 9:30 a.m., but should reopen this afternoon, according to a corporate spokeswoman.

"We are relieved to report that the associates who were in our store during the robbery this morning were not physically harmed and [we] have a support team at our store to offer assistance to them," said Doreen Thompson of the TJX Companies. "We are cooperating fully with law enforcement and, as this is an ongoing police matter, have no further comment."

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.