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The former JC Penney space at Bennington Square is under renovation into an Ocean State Job Lot store.

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BENNINGTON — Ocean State Job Lot, which is scheduled to open a store in the spring at the former JC Penney location in Bennington, will begin the process of hiring employees next week.

The company will hold a virtual hiring event on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. Those interested in registering may visit the OSJL careers website, or reach out to the recruitment team directly via email at

Ocean State is currently hiring for up to 50 full and part-time opportunities, according to a release. Open positions include store leadership, area supervisors, ad coordinator, department heads, field merchandiser, front-end supervisors, operations supervisor, maintenance associate, receiver, sales associates, stock associates and visual merchandisers.

“We’re excited to open our third location in the great state of Vermont,” said Paul Cox, director of store operations for Ocean State. “We’re looking to hire motivated, dedicated and friendly individuals who are passionate about our company’s mission, vision and values, and will help deliver the outstanding customer service that Ocean State Job Lot is known for throughout the Northeast.”

Applicants from community-based organizations are encouraged to apply. Those interested in store leadership opportunities may apply online at

Applicants interested part-time and full-time store positions may visit to apply.

The company said it offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including flexible hours; medical, vision and dental insurance, if eligible; profit participation; service awards; paid time off; 401K; and store discounts.

Ocean State has stores throughout New England, in New Jersey and New York, and in Pennsylvania. The company opened its first location in North Kingstown, R.I., in 1977.

Jim Therrien writes for New England Newspapers in Southern Vermont. Email


Jim Therrien reports for the three NENI newspapers in Southern Vermont. He previously worked as a reporter and editor at the Berkshire Eagle, the Bennington Banner, the Springfield (Mass.) Republican and the former North Adams Transcript.


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