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Ollie’s to locate distribution center in Commerce

The company plans to locate 30 to 40 stores in Georgia during the next four years

COMMERCE — Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Ollie’s will locate its new Southeast distribution center in Commerce, creating approximately 175 new jobs and investing $14.56 million into the project over the next five years.

“Georgia has become a magnet for booming companies who require a strong logistics infrastructure,” Deal said. “This new facility is an example of how Georgia’s No.1 business climate can help innovative companies such as Ollie’s expand in the United States.”

While the company is located in north Georgia, the move may have ramifications for Albany and other cities in Southwest Georgia. The company hopes to add 30 to 40 stores in Georgia over a four-year period. The first Ollie’s store was founded in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in 1982 and has grown to become one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, excess inventory and salvage merchandise, with 154 stores in 14 states.

The 962,000-square-foot distribution center will be located in the 450-acre Commerce 85 Industrial Park, at the intersection of I-85 and GA Highway 98 in Commerce. Once in operation, the distribution facility will support Ollie’s retail expansion into Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.