First look at Ocean State Job Lot

Warren firm tapped for renovation project
By Daniel Dunkle | Feb 25, 2014
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle The view inside Ocean State Job Lot on Camden Street in Rockland shows pet food where the Dunkin' Donuts was located in the former Wal-Mart.

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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Adam Tyler of South Thomaston will serve as store manager at the new Ocean State Job Lot store in Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
In the background in this photo is the new wall dividing the former Wal-Mart building in half. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Ocean State Job Lot Project Manager Scott Crawford, right, and contractor Joe Richardi of Warren walk through the new store, formerly occupied by Wal-Mart. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
This view of the unoccupied half of the building shows the former Wal-Mart pharmacy. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Trucks have begun delivering products for the racks and shelves of the new Ocean State Job Lot store on Camden Street. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
This former Wal-Mart building on Camden Street will soon be home to the new Ocean State Job Lot store. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Susan Barnard | Feb 26, 2014 08:52

There are still plenty of jobs open at this new store. To apply go to Interviews are being held at Rockland CareerCenter this week and next. Questions: 596-2600.

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Feb 26, 2014 05:45

Oof, makes my stomach twinge a bit. Oh, I'm positive I'll shop there, just wish the area could bring in a.Kohls or Target or something.

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