Ollie’s Bargain Outlet store opens Wednesday on South Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO — Another Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is opening in Southwest Michigan.

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Ollie’s Bargin Outlet located at 4425 S. Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The store is set to open on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is planning to open a Kalamazoo location at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, near Lee’s Chicken, inside what used to be a Big Lots store at 4425 S Westnedge Ave., according to a news release.

The chain is one of the largest retailers of excess inventory and discounted product, calling itself the home of “Good Stuff Cheap,” mainly buying closeouts, package changes and discontinued merchandise, in order to sell it to customers for up to 70% off the original retail price, the release said.

The store sells books, toys, hardware, automotive, electronics — all offered at a discounted price — for what makes for a “treasure hunt” shopping experience, the store said.

“We are excited to open our 17th store in the great state of Michigan where the folks have been so good to us,” Ollie’s President and CEO John Swygert said in a news release. “With so many great deals, we are thrilled to offer shoppers in Kalamazoo and its surrounding areas a wide variety of name-brand merchandise at up to 70% off the fancy store prices.”

Ollie’s says along with adhering to state and local guidelines, it will be taking additional steps to keep employees and customers safe during the pandemic. Social distance throughout the store will be promoted by signage and markings while all high-touch points will be regularly cleaned.

With its opening, Ollie’s brings around 50-60 new jobs, ranging from cashiers to assistant managers, the release said.

The Kalamazoo store will be added to the chain’s presence in Southwest Michigan, with locations in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Penn., Ollie’s operates 378 stores in 25 states and employs more than 9,000 associates across the U.S.

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