Ocean State Job Lot purchases former Kmart in Shillington

Rhode Island-based retailer with 147 stores to open three new stores in PA in 2022

Ocean State Job Lot, the Northeast’s premier discount retail chain with 147 stores, recently purchased Shillington Plaza located at 1 Parkside Avenue from Mark Shillington L.P., and will open its eighth store in the state within the former Kmart space this summer.

OSJL purchased 145,601 sq. feet within Shillington Plaza which also includes a Dollar Tree, a Grocery Outlet and additional tenants.

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The former Kmart location, which has been vacant since 2019, is 92,177 sq. feet. OSJL will occupy 46,836 sq. feet, offering customers a big, bright shopping experience, restoring vibrancy to this previously vacant retail location, and creating new jobs in the community.

OSJL also will be making improvements to the shopping center and will work to lease out the remaining space of the former Kmart, as well as a few small, current vacancies within the plaza.

“We are so pleased to announce our third new location in Pennsylvania this year,” said Paul Cox, Director of Store Operations for Ocean State Job Lot.

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“Throughout the pandemic, we have been committed to continued expansion throughout the Northeast, and we look forward to opening our doors to the Reading and Shillington communities this summer.”

OSJL will be hiring for approximately 50 positions, including store leadership, supervisory, full-time, and part-time positions.

The company offers part-time and full-time benefits, a 30% associate store discount, and a cash bonus referral program.

Additionally, OSJL is committed to offering career opportunities for all our interested associates. In 2021, nearly 40% of the open store key and leadership positions were filled through internal promotions.

Currently, OSJL is accepting applications for store leadership positions only for the Shillington location.

Those who are interested should visit oceanstatejoblot.com/careers-store-leadership.

Shoppers throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania know Ocean State Job Lot for its Crazy Deals, Insider Club, fantastic prices, friendly customer service, and wide range of merchandise.

Ocean State Job Lot has made its mark in the discount-retail segment through opportunistic buying, which allows it to offer a wide selection of first-quality name brands and closeout merchandise at unbelievable prices.

Shoppers find an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (such as lawn and garden essentials; patio, pool and beach supplies; heating and cooling, and holiday), kitchen pantry staples and a broad offering of gourmet and international specialty foods.

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