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Ocean State Job Lot Hiring for New Berks Store

As Ocean State Job Lot continues to prepare its new location for opening at Shillington Plaza Shopping Center in Cumru Township, the company has announced that 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 LP Although no firm opening date has been identified, the company recently said it plans to open the new discount retailer in “Q4 2022, before Thanksgiving”.

In the meantime, the company said it was hiring staff for the store. In an email response to questions, the company said it was hiring for all positions except management positions, which have been filled.

“We are currently recruiting cashiers, stock associates, department heads and area supervisors,” the email response reads. Up to 50 full-time and part-time positions are available.

In addition to a “competitive salary and benefits,” Ocean State Job Lot offers a bonus referral program allowing associates to refer friends and family. The company also offers “stay bonuses” to newly hired associates, rewarding new hires with $250 in cash after 90 days of employment. Candidates interested in open positions can visit 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, which will open 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 part of the center parking lot, replaced the roof over the majority of the center, and is working on the interior space of what will be the new store.

This work includes the completion of the polished concrete floors, the installation of new LED lighting, the renovation of the toilets and offices and the completion of other necessary finishes in the store.

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

In addition to the former Kmart space, the plaza includes a Dollar Tree, grocery store, Front Lines hair salon, and several additional tenants. The company said it was “actively marketing” vacant space in the center.

Ocean State Job Lot sells brand name merchandise, premium merchandise at closing prices, housewares, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (vacation, gardening, patio, pool and beach) and staples for the pantry. 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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