First look at Ocean State Job LotWarren firm tapped for renovation project
Rockland — Shelves are going up, merchandise is arriving every day and job applicants are beginning training at Rockland's newest large-scale store, Ocean State Job Lot.
The Rhode Island-based retailer will occupy about half of the former Wal-Mart building when it opens within the next few months.
Adam Tyler of South Thomaston has been named store manager. He said the store will have about 50 employees, including both part-time and full-time workers. Tyler has worked as the store manager in Belfast for more than six years.
"We're going to do fantastic here," he said of the new Rockland store. "It's like coming home."
J.Richardi Construction, Inc. of Warren began renovation of the building Feb. 10. Other subcontractors have been brought in to do electrical work, getting ready for the store opening, Joe Richardi said Feb. 24.
Ocean State Project Manager Scott Crawford said the store will likely hold a grand opening sometime in April. It may have a "soft opening" before that event, depending on when the work is done.
The project includes placing a dividing wall between the two halves of the store. The existing entrance to the building will serve as entrance to the new store, and the division starts around the area where the old Wal-Mart pharmacy was located.
Crawford noted the retailer has been taking over other former Wal-Mart buildings in New England, and he has found them to be large, bright spaces. He said the Rockland store will likely have more space for displaying products than the Belfast store.
The new store will occupy about 40,000 square feet in the building.
Code Enforcement Officer John Root approved the building permit Dec. 24. The project is expected to cost $225,000.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast since 1998.