Ocean State Job Lot to open 110th store

NORTH ADAMS, MA – Ocean State Job Lot, a leading closeout retailer based in Rhode Island with 110 stores in New England and New York, will celebrate the grand opening of its newest store at 830 Curran Highway/Route 8 in North Adams, Mass. on Saturday, August 24, 2013.  It becomes the 46th store in Massachusetts for the retail chain.

Occupying 46,000 sq. ft. of the former Walmart building, Ocean State Job Lot offers a wide assortment of brand name merchandise at closeout prices.  Shoppers will find an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (gardening, outdoor, sporting goods), and kitchen pantry staples at a fraction of their typical price.  The retailer plans to sublease an additional 27,000 sq. ft. of the building to Tractor Supply Co., which is expected to take occupancy by this Fall.

“North Adams could not have been more hospitable,” states David Sarlitto, head of marketing for Ocean State Job Lot.  “From the Office of the Mayor to the community arts and business leaders we’ve had the pleasure of meeting, everyone has been very enthusiastic about the unique product values and community-centric approach Job Lot has to offer.  It’s an exciting time for everyone involved, and we thank the Town leadership, most notably Mayor Alcombright, as well as the small army of supporters who have made our move to North Adams possible.”

Job Lot Store Manager Scott Collett will oversee the facility, which will include 30 associates from the area in full- and part-time sales, operations and customer service job positions. “Our team looks forward to hosting shoppers, dignitaries, members of the community and friends when the doors officially open on the 24th for business,” Mr. Collett comments.

Grand Opening day begins when doors open to the public at 8:00 am.  Festivities will continue throughout the morning including a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. with Mayor Richard J. Alcombright and local dignitaries. In keeping with Job Lot’s community-first approach to business, two special donations to local organizations will be made, courtesy of Ocean State Job Lot’s Charitable Foundation:  a truckload of nutritious, shelf-stable food to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and the sponsorship of Honor Flight New England which flies Massachusetts-area WWII war veterans to visit the WWII Memorial dedicated to their service in Washington, D.C.   “Thanks to the generosity of Job Lot customers throughout the area who gave at the registers, and by matching contributions from our Charitable Foundation, these two donations were made possible,” adds Mr. Sarlitto, who notes that Ocean State Job Lot has a long history of philanthropic leadership in the communities it serves.

Representatives from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Honor Flight New England will be on-hand to receive donations and help raise awareness of their organizations.  Other Grand Opening activities include:  a live remote broadcast and prize wheel by WUPE-FM; face painting and balloon animals by Cinderella; appearance by the Steeple Cats’ mascot “Slider;” Northern Berkshire YMCA/Hoosac Tunnel Soccer League signups; prize drawings and other giveaways such as gallery admissions to DownStreet Art, carload passes to MASS MoCA’s viewing of the movie “Airplane!” and 2014 Opening Day Steeple Cats baseball tickets. Ocean State Job Lot will also be offering a variety of free food samples and a chance to win a $200 shopping spree.

Store hours in North Adams, Mass. are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

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Founded in 1977, Ocean State Job Lot is a growing, privately held retail chain with 110 stores in New England and New York, approximately 4,000 employees, and annual sales exceeding $540 million.  Job Lot sells brand name, first quality merchandise at closeout prices. Shoppers find an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (gardening, pool supply, outdoor), and kitchen pantry staples at a fraction of their typical price. The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has a long history of philanthropic leadership, placing emphasis on local food banks in communities where Job Lot operates stores. The Foundation also supports medical and educational institutions, disaster relief efforts, the performing arts, our military service men and women, and special needs and foster children.  Ocean State Job Lot is headquartered at 375 Commerce Park Road in the Quonset Point Business Park, North Kingstown, RI  02852.  Phone:  (401) 295-2672; Web:  http://www.osjl.com


About Tractor Supply:

Based in Brentwood, Tenn., Tractor Supply Company is a retail farm and ranch store brand established in 1938 which owns and operates over 1,197 stores in 45 states serving farmers, horse owners, homeowners, contractors and tradesmen.

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