June 30, 2010 – Columbus, OH – Ollie’s Bargain Outlet leased its first two locations in the Columbus market. The mid-Atlantic’s largest retailer of closeout, surplus and salvage merchandise leased 30,000 square feet in Columbus Square Shopping Center and 32,000 square feet in Great Southern Shopping Center.
Kevin James, vice president, and Micha Bitton, associate vice president, in Cassidy Turley’s regional office in Columbus, represented Ollie’s Outlet Bargain in leasing the locations. Terms of the leases were not disclosed.
The store in Columbus Square Shopping Center held its grand opening on June 23. The center is anchored by a Kroger’s and includes a variety of merchandise and service retailers, as well as restaurants and entertainment.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet will hold a grand opening in July in the Great Southern Shopping Center. The 605,000 square foot center is anchored by a Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Kroger’s.
With 15 stores already spread throughout Ohio, including Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet saw an opportunity to increase its presence in the state by opening the stores in Columbus, said Jerry Altland, vice president of real estate.
Based in Harrisburg, PA, Ollie’s operates 94 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey and Kentucky.