Ocean State Job Lot buys Rockland Walmart building

Ocean State Job Lot has bought the Walmart property on Route 1 in Rockland.
Stephen Betts
Ocean State Job Lot has bought the Walmart property on Route 1 in Rockland. Buy Photo
Posted Dec. 20, 2013, at 1:01 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Northeast regional retailer has purchased the former Walmart property in Rockland.

Ocean State Job Lot, based in North Kingstown, R.I., completed the purchase of the 94,000-square-foot building and 10.5 acres on Camden Street on Dec. 13. Paperwork was filed Friday in the Knox County Registry of Deeds.

Ocean State announced in May that it had a purchase and sales agreement.

A representative of Ocean State met last week with the code enforcement officer in Rockland to go over plans for the property. The company plans to divide the building into two units with Ocean State occupying half of the space. The other half would be leased when a tenant is found, said Code Officer John Root.

Ocean State plans to be open in March 2014.

Ocean State has grown from a single store in North Kingstown to 109 stores throughout New England and New York. The company has four stores in Maine — in Bangor, Belfast, Oxford and Sanford.

Each Ocean State store employs 30 to 40 employees, the director of marketing said in May.

The building on Camden Street — also known as Route 1 — was built by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 1993.

The Walmart store reopened in October in a new, larger building in neighboring Thomaston, also on Route 1.

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