SPARTA, NJ – Joan Crowe of the Ocean State Job Lot attended the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday night,  asking about ordinances regarding temporary sign.  The company will soon occupy the former Stop and Shop location on Sparta Avenue. They are seeking to hire up to 60 employees. So far they have only been able to hire about a third of that number.

“We’re not getting as many applicants as we hoped,” said Crowe.

Crowe was seeking permission to have some temporary signs to increase visibility and attract applicants.  Mayor Molly Whilesmith and Deputy Mayor Jerry Murphy recommended Crowe attend the Planning Board meeting with these requests.  Her request of the Planning Board on Wednesday was to have a banner at the site of the store to cover the now-blacked-out sign.  That was approved.

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Crowe had indicated they were using C3 Workspace on Main Street to conduct interviews and said they would have liked to use some lawn signs at that location but the planning board would not approve that request.    

Ocean State Job Lot first opened at 1977 in North Kingstown, RI.  According to printed information furnished by Crowe, they sell brand name, first quality products at closeout prices.  Their merchandise includes manufactures’ overruns, overstocks and packaging changes. 

Ocean State has 116 locations.  The store in Sparta will be the third in New Jersey. 

Those seeking to apply need to visit their web site for job descriptions and application. 

“They can read the job descriptions and apply for whichever one they feel they are interested in or qualified for,” said Crowe.  Once the application is completed, Ocean State will contact the applicant to schedule the interview at C3 Workspace.  They will not take walk-ins. 

With construction on-going at the store, the opening date has not yet been scheduled.  The expectation is for late Nov.