Discount Chain Releases Details On Plans For Former Dickson City Toys R Us Store

January 9, 2019
Discount Chain Releases Details On Plans For Former Dickson City Toys R Us Store

Rhode Island-based discount chain Ocean State Job Lot purchased former Toys R Us stores in Dickson City and Wilkes-Barre and hopes to have stores open by Memorial Day. The retailer, which has 133 stores in New England, New Jersey and New York, will open on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre and on the Scranton-Carbondale Highway in Dickson City. The Toys R Us stores closed last year. Job Lot sells brand name merchandise at closeout prices. Shoppers find a changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products such as holiday, gardening, patio, pool and beach supplies, and kitchen pantry staples at discount prices. OCJL paid $2 million for the Dickson City property and $2.5 million for the Wilkes-Barre property, according to county records. Construction should start soon and the goal is to open the stores by the start of summer, spokesman Matt Blanchette said Tuesday. The company purchased six former Toys R Us stores in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, a new market for Ocean State. It also agreed to a long-term lease at a seventh location. Alan Perlman, principal owner, said shoppers can expect “our crazy deals, fantastic prices and wide range of merchandise.” Marc Perlman, principal owner and CEO, said the recent closure of Toys “R” Us stores has allowed his company to acquire seven locations at an extraordinary price. “In an ever-changing retail environment where many retailers are struggling, Ocean State Job Lot has been able to adapt, enter new markets, reopen closed storefronts and create new job opportunities,” Marc Perlman said. “We realize that people work hard for their money and those retailers who are able to provide exceptional value will be rewarded by their customers.” Contact the writer: dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh on Twitter

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