Ocean State Job Lot hiring for new Berks store

As Ocean State Job Lot continues to prepare its new location for opening at the Shillington Plaza Shopping Center in Cumru Township, the company has announced hiring is underway for the new store.

Ocean State Job Lot purchased 145,601 square feet within Shillington Plaza in early March from Mark Shillington L.P. While no firm opening date has been identified, the company recently said it is planning to open the new discount retailer in “Q4 2022, before Thanksgiving.”

In the meantime, the company said it is hiring staff for the store. In an emailed response to questions, the company said it is hiring for all positions with the exception of the leadership positions, which have been filled.

“We are currently hiring for cashiers, stock associates, department heads and area supervisors,” the emailed response stated. Up to 50 full- and part-time position are available.

In addition to “competitive pay and benefits,” Ocean State Job Lot offers a bonus referral program for associates to refer their friends and family. The company is also offering “stay bonuses” to newly hired associates, rewarding new hires with $250 cash after 90 days of employment. Applicants who are interested in open positions can visit oceanstatejoblot.com/careers to apply.

This photo shows the front of an Ocean State Job Lot store. The discount retailer is currently hiring staff for its new store, opening later this year in the former Kmart at Shillington Plaza in Cumru Township. (MEDIANEWS GROUP FILE PHOTO)

Since taking over the property, Ocean State Job Lot has replaced a portion of the center’s parking lot, replaced the roof over a majority of the center and is working on the interior space of what will be the new store.

That work includes completing polished concrete floors, the installation of new LED lighting, remodeling the restrooms and offices and completing other finishes needed in the store.

Ocean State Job Lot will occupy 46,836 square feet within the former Kmart location, which has a total of 92,177 square feet, and plans to lease out the remaining space in the former Kmart, which closed in 2019.

In addition to the former Kmart space, the plaza includes a Dollar Tree, a Grocery Outlet, Front Lines Barber Shop and several additional tenants. The company said it is “actively marketing” vacant spaces at the center.

Ocean State Job Lot sells brand name, first-quality merchandise at closeout prices, household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (holiday, gardening, patio, pool, and beach supplies), and kitchen pantry staples. Founded in 1977, Ocean State Job Lot has 148 stores in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, including a location in Montgomery Township, Montgomery County.

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