Ocean State Job Lot, headquartered in North Kingstown, RI, is a chain of approximately 85 discount stores operating in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Upstate New York.
The chain primarily acquires common brand-name goods whose manufacturer is willing to sell them at a loss following overstocking or discontinuation serving as a close-out company similar to Big Lots and Christmas Tree Shops. Ocean State Job Lot also has many new items (not close-out/overstocked products) that they use to fill their shelves, that they stock on a regular basis.
Ocean State Job Lot prefers to lease buildings where previous supermarket or discount stores used to be. They also prefer to use the previous store's fixtures (checkout counters, checkout lane number lights, etc) to cut costs. Within the past several years, Ocean State Job Lot has moved into many former Ames locations.