NORTH ADAMS -- The former Walmart building on Curran Memorial Highway will open once more when retail closeout giant Ocean State Job Lot holds its grand opening ceremony there on Saturday, Aug. 24.
The new 46,000-square-foot Ocean State Job Lot store will open at 8 a.m. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. will include the donation of a truckload of food to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the sponsorship of Honor Flight New England, a program which flies Massachusetts-area World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
"North Adams could not have been more hospitable," David Sarlitto, head of marketing for Ocean State Job Lot, said in a press release. "From the office of the mayor to the community arts and business leaders we've had the pleasure of meeting, everyone has been very enthusiastic about the unique product values and community-centric approach Job Lot has to offer.
"It's an exciting time for everyone involved, and we thank the city leadership, most notably Mayor Alcombright, as well as the small army of supporters who have made our move to North Adams possible."
The store offers an assortment of brand name merchandise, including household goods and apparel, as well as pet, gardening, outdoor, sporting goods, kitchen and pantry staples at reduced prices.
Other grand opening activities include: a live-remote broadcast and prize wheel by WUPE-FM radio; face painting and balloon animals by Cinderella; an appearance by the SteepleCats mascot, Slider; and Northern Berkshire YMCA/Hoosac Tunnel Soccer League sign-ups.
Prize drawings and other giveaways that day will include carload passes to Mass MoCA's viewing of the movie "Airplane!" at the Harriman and West Airport later that evening and 2014 opening day SteepleCats baseball tickets. Ocean State Job Lot will also offer a variety of free food samples and a chance to win a $200 shopping spree.
Job Lot Store Manager Scott Collett will oversee the facility, which will employ 30 associates from the area in full- and part-time sales, operations and customer service positions.
An additional 27,000 square feet of the building will be leased to Tractor Supply Co., which is expected to open in October and employ 12 to 17 people.
According to a "Special Warranty Deed" filed with the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds on July 18, Ocean State Job Lot, doing business as OSJ North Adams LLC, purchased the former Walmart building from Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust for $10 and agreed to series of deed restrictions for 25 years.
The restrictions prohibit a variety of business from opening at the property, including: a grocery store, wholesale club operation, discount department store, discount store, pharmacy, gaming activities such as a billiard parlor, a night club or any business that makes more than 50 percent of its business from alcohol sales.
The deed also prohibits the property from being used for an adult book store, adult video store and any other adult business activities, including a massage parlor, escort service, facility with partial nude or nude models, or any establishment selling or exhibiting sexually explicit materials.