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 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.
Dollar Tree is moving into the recently closed Lindenwold Walgreen's, located in the corner of the massive Patco parking lot. This is a relocation of their nearby Somerdale store. Many will remember the Walgreens Patco address years ago was home to the Pufferbelly restaurant!
The Williamstown BHP Taco Bell / KFC was approved last year to be torn down and rebuilt in the center of the lot as a Taco Bell only. Last month (August) they came back to the Planning Board asking to adjust the plans to support a double lane drive-thru. The attorney for the project clearly states that the need for the change was driven by this year's Covid pandemic.
Camden County's Habitat for Humanity organization is opening their second ReStore location in Lawnside NJ, in the Shop-Rite shopping center. Specifically 10,000 sq ft of space which was previously Fashion Bug. They are targeting a product mix of new and gently used items in Home Furnishings, Home Decor and Housewares. The Oriental Palace restaurant will be ReStore's next-door neighbor.