BY JON O’CONNELL
A discount retailer rebooted plans for the former Toys R Us in Dickson City.
Ocean State Job Lot, which sells overstock and closeout merchandise like home goods and apparel, is hosting hiring events this week to fill management- and associate-level positions.
Ocean State bought the old building from Toys R Us in 2018 for $2 million about the same time it bought the
Wilkes-Barre Toys R Us where it successfully opened a store in June.
Last year, company officials blamed a post-closing snag that prevented them from opening, and promised to find another retailer to lease the space.
“We have been working diligently to resolve the complications we encountered after closing on the building last year,” Ocean State Chief Financial Officer John Conforti said in a statement. “Thankfully, we were successful, and we are now able to move forward with our original plans to open an Ocean State Job Lot store in Dickson City.”
Through a spokesman, Conforti from Ocean State declined to discuss those “complications,” but the hold-up, now resolved, apparently involved a dispute over vehicle access.
The only viable route for delivery trucks, from Ravine Street, crosses an adjacent parcel, home of Joann Fabrics and Crafts and medical offices and owned by Paul Rosenberg.
Rosenberg wanted money in exchange for an open route, Dickson City Borough Manager Cesare Forconi said.
“We’re thrilled that they’re opening, and I hope it works for them,” he said. “We’re not thrilled that they have to pay an exorbitant amount of money, but I guess that’s an extra cost of doing business.”
Efforts to reach Rosenberg were unsuccessful.
Hiring events for full- and part-time positions are scheduled through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Anyone with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conforti expects to open the store some time in March, as well as Ocean State’s third Pennsylvania store in Montgomeryville.
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