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Ocean State Job Lot taking over Deptford’s Toys R Us Building!

Ocean State Job Lot taking over Deptford’s Toys R Us Building!

Ocean State Job Lot, the largest closeout retailer in the Northeast… is entering the South Jersey market with a new store in Deptford!  Adding to the excitement, it will to be located in the closed Toys R Us building and I know 42 Freeway readers area always excited when closed buildings are brought back to life!  The OSJL chain is based out of Rhode Island and has over 139 stores in 9 states, with sales approaching $700 million.  While growing aggressively, they are still a family run business! 

Their own description classifies themselves as a closeout retailer, but a scan of their most recent sales flyer shows this is a well rounded store offering products for; Home, Outdoor, Clothing, Summer Seasonal and more!  I have not visited an Ocean State store, but it seems similar to a Big Lots or Ollie’s?  (Update: Readers commenting on Facebook say its much more of a full discount store… maybe like the old Ames, than Ollie’s)    If you are familiar with OSJL… comment here or at the 42Freeway Facebook page post.

The are already looking for their store manager: Retail Store Leadership (Retail Manager) – New Store Opening! 


Deptford Location – Toys R Us

The new location is on Almonesson Road in Deptford, directly across from the Deptford Mall.  The other connected tenant on the lot is Avalon Flooring, and on the other side of the new OSJL location is the Dick’s Sporting Goods building (Dick’s will be moving to the Mall in mid-August).  The Deptford Toys R Us store has been vacant since the Corporate bankruptcy in 2017.

Ocean State Job Lot has looked to these closed Toys R Us stores as an opportunity to expand, recently acquiring stores in several states.

We are not aware of opening date, but with the holiday shopping season just months away,  I would expect them to move fast to get this construction done and the store open.

42Freeway first became aware of the store coming to Deptford a few months ago via a conctractor site, but we couldnt pinpoint which building (it was clear this was a reuse of an empty location).  Earlier this morning  we realized that the Deptford Toys R Us store is listed at the seller’s site as “Sale Pending”.  Then later today we found confirmation withing the construction industry.  Oh and as mentioned at the top of the post, they already have a job posting online for the Store Manager role!  Repeated emails over the last month or so to Odd State Job Lot were not returned.


Ocean State Job Lot is taking over the Deptford NJ Toys R Us store



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Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Very disappointed. Just found out about this store and made a bee line from Delaware co pa , get there go up to door sign reads not open until 12 noon. Multiple cars did the same thing. Opening was supposed to b 9 am, what a disappointment, so some of us decided to drive over to Ollie’s. Still too early to head back to your store.

EarlyBirdGetsThe... WellMaybeNotIfTooEarly:0)

Monday 23rd of November 2020

You didn't miss too much. It's not really much different than Ollies, BigLots, etc... Imagine an an Ollies but more organized and with less of that warehouse wholesaler feel. Or imagine a BigLots with a clothing section and a much larger assortment of European snacks/candies but no ready assembled furniture section . That about sums it up.


Sunday 26th of July 2020

Not exactly the news I was hoping for. I was hoping they would have razed the entire site from one end to the other and made that a dedicated restaurant row. It would have been nice to see Outback and Bonefish moved to that location along with other 'rants to alleviate their current parking/capacity issues. Oh well, in the end it's simply going to look like an older building dressed up for a new retail tenant.


Friday 24th of July 2020

There are job postings for this store on Indeed as of this evening.

Manny Granados

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

That’s good news.

What is the construction going on at the Bellmawr Industrial Park along Rt 42?


Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Missing Moves! Short video in this post. I plan to be doing more updates

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