In August, a temporary sign went up in a North Columbia Street shopping center to let Milledgeville know an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet was on the way.
Now more permanent signage has been added on the building and at the roadway as the closeout retailer is slated to have its grand opening Feb. 23, according to Ollie’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Tom Kuypers.
The Milledgeville Ollie’s is located at 1310 N. Columbia St. right next door to Harbor Freight Tools. That shopping center had for a long time been anchored by the northside Piggly Wiggly grocery store until it closed in summer of 2016. The retail strip is seeing a revival thanks to the recent additions of Harbor Freight and Ollie’s.
According to a sign at the entrance of the new Milledgeville location, Ollie’s will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet has more than 400 locations across the United States with several not too far from Milledgeville. Macon, Madison, Warner Robins and Dublin are a few nearby cities where shoppers can find the closeout/bargain store.
According to the company’s website, the store sells “Good stuff cheap” as its shelves are stocked with closeout merchandise and excess inventory from other sellers or manufacturers. Some products come directly from brand name manufacturers that have updated their packaging. Rather than mix the old packaging with the new, they sometimes sell the older packaged version to Ollie’s who then markets it at a discounted rate. Product categories range from housewares to sporting goods to flooring to food and more.
The Ollie’s website also boasts a 30-day “No Hard Time” guarantee for its products, saying returns for full refunds are allowed as long as they are made within 30 days with a sales receipt.
Ollie’s is hiring for several positions at its future Milledgeville location, including sales associate, sales supervisor, and customer service associate. Interested applicants may visit www.ollies.us/careers to learn more about these jobs and apply.