Ocean State sets date for grand openingDonates truckload of food, lacrosse equipment
Rockland — Rockland's newest large retailer will have its grand opening and ribbon-cutting March 22 on Camden Street, an event that will include the donation of a tractor-trailer load of food to area food pantries.
Ocean State Job Lot will likely open Wednesday or Thursday, March 19 or 20, at the former Wal-Mart building on Camden Street, according to company spokesperson David Sarlitto. It will hold its grand opening and ribbon-cutting starting 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22.
The City Council and representatives from the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce have been invited to participate in the event.
The Rhode Island-based retailer will occupy about half of the former Wal-Mart building, taking up about 40,000 square feet, and will employ about 50 people.
As part of the opening celebration, the company will donate a tractor-trailer truckload of food to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, according to Sarlitto. Good Shepherd will distribute the food among area food pantries including the Area Interfaith Outreach pantry in Rockland, said Good Shepherd Food Sourcing Manager Nancy Perry. This is part of Ocean State's “Three Square Meals” Community Meal Assistance Program, providing food throughout the seven states where the stores are located.
Sarlitto said the new store will also donate DeBeer lacrosse equipment for a women's team being formed in the area. He said he had contacted a coach from Oceanside High School East.
In addition, residents are invited to come to the store that Saturday for samples of food and other products.
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