By Traci L. Moyer
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON — Jake Greer is ready to shop at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in River Ridge Plaza.
“If I’m going to get stuff, I want good stuff, and the only thing better than good stuff is if I can get the good stuff cheap,” Greer said.
Jerry Altland, vice president of real estate for Ollie’s, could not have said it better.
“People are going to save some money in our stores,” Altland said. “We will have name brand products that are between 30 to 70 percent off. We are like a treasure hunt. If you see it, you better buy it because you might never see it again.”
Founded in 1982, Ollie’s, a Harrisburg, Pa.-based chain, specializes in closeout merchandise and features the slogan, “good stuff cheap.” The Anderson store, located at 1804 S. Scatterfield Road, plans to open Oct. 9, but signage for the new business is already hung outside the storefront and construction crews are adding the finishing touches to the building.
This outlet store, locating near Mounds Mall, plans to hire between 45 and 55 employees in the city. The discount chain operates more than 140 stores in 14 states. Applications for the new jobs can be found online at www.olliesbargainoutlet.com.
Altland said Ollie’s is similar to Big Lots, which is located in a connecting parking lot, but his stores do not concentrate their sales on clothing, furniture or food items. He said their focus is more on carpet, housewares, floor coverings, hardware items and books.
“We have one of the best discount book departments on the East Coast,” Atland said.
Ollie’s also likes to have fun, he said, with crazy signs and unique themes in the stores.
“It’s stuff that makes people giggle,” Altland said. “We want people to giggle and have fun in our stores.”
Altland said this will be the second store to open in Indiana with stores opening in Carmel on Oct. 2, Fort Wayne on Oct. 16, and Kokomo on Oct. 30. The store will have discount cards that Altland said are similar to a frequent flyer membership. He said customers who enroll in the program will receive special offers and invitations to exclusive sales events.
Benfrew Meridians is the manager of Reader Copies which is also located in the River Ridge Plaza. Meridians said it is nice to see a new tenant in the old Phar-Mor building. The building, he said, has stood empty for about 10 years, but several of the empty storefronts are filling up and bringing new customers to the shopping center.
“It’s like the plaza is coming to life again, which is encouraging,” Meridians said.
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More on Ollie's Ollie's Bargain Outlet will open a store at River Ridge Plaza on Scatterfield Road in Anderson on Oct. 9. The Harrisburg, Pa.-based chain specializes in closeouts and what it describes as "good stuff cheap." The store plans to hire between 45 and 55 employees. Applications for employment with the store can be found online at www.olliesbargainoutlet.com.