Building Inspector Greg Tyson said the store is Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, which will occupy 30,000 square feet. Ollie’s describes itself as “one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, excess inventory and salvage merchandise,” with goods including housewares, food, books and stationery, bed and bath, floor coverings, toys, hardware and other categories. The store’s tagline is “good stuff cheap.”
The permit is for a $745,000 remodel of the existing store space.
“They are actually using the existing storefront of the old Kmart building,” said Tyson.
The construction project is expected to move quickly. Also moving quickly under the same roof is the interior work for Harbor Freight, the tool store occupying about 15,000 square feet. It is nearing completion, Tyson said.
With 100,000 square feet in the entire building, the developer will still have space to add additional retailers in the former Kmart store space.
Ollie’s opened its 250th store last week and has stores in 20 states. At the end of the first quarter, the company reported net sales increased 17.5 percent to $227.6 million from $193.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.
The news of Ollie’s follows recent retail announcements including Hobby Lobby, Marshalls and ALDI.