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March 26, 2006

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet coming to Hampton Roads

Filed under: store profiles — Anita @ 2:16 am

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet coming to Hampton Roads

The Pennsylvania discounter sells liquidated and overstock items.

BY JOY BUCHANAN
247-4744

March 25 2006

HAMPTON — Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, a discount store chain based in Pennsylvania, will move into the building on Mercury Boulevard that Toys “R” Us left in February.

Ollie’s sells overstocked, liquidated and salvaged goods. The new store is expected to open May 18, according to the company.

Another location in Virginia Beach will open May 17 and a third will open in Norfolk in June, according to the Web site. There are 42 other store locations, primarily in Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania.

One of the reasons the company is expanding into Virginia is because it is partially owned by Dollar Tree, which is based in Chesapeake and operates 2,914 stores nationwide.

“NOW HIRING” is printed in bold, black across a white banner hanging in the empty store’s front window. The company needs to fill various positions including cashiers and store managers.

The Toys “R” Us store closed its doors in February after a liquidation sale that began after Christmas.

It was one of 75 stores in the United States the company announced it would close. The Hampton store’s 29 employees learned of the closing in December and since have either moved to other locations, including the Newport News store on Jefferson Avenue, or received severance packages.

The four other Hampton Roads locations for Toys “R” Us – Newport News, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach – will remain open.

Copyright © 2006, Daily Press

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