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Brand-name at a bargain

Ollie’s to open outlet Oct. 16 in Glenbrook Commons

A discount retailer promises brand names at cheap prices.

Ollie’s Budget Outlet plans to open a store Oct. 16 at Glenbrook Commons shopping plaza. The store will sell closeout, excess-inventory and salvage merchandise. Ollie’s will hire 45 to 55 full- and part-time workers. Officials would not disclose salary information.

Ollie’s will occupy the roughly 30,000-square-foot space that housed Hancock Fabrics, which opened a new location in Apple Glen Crossing, off West Jefferson Boulevard, in July.

Jerry Atland, vice president of real estate for Ollie’s, said moving to the Summit City is a natural progression as the Harrisburg, Pa.-based company moves west.

“We have locations in Michigan and Ohio, so it makes sense to come to Fort Wayne,” he said, adding that the business also has Indiana locations in Anderson and Kokomo. It opened a location in Carmel this week.

“Fort Wayne has the population and the household income we look for,” Atland said. “It’s a great city.”

Founded in 1982, Ollie’s has 155 stores in 14 states.

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The Ollie’s move continues a recent migration of sorts by retailers to Glenbrook Commons. In August, Dunham’s Sports opened in the former Linens ’n Things that went out of business in 2008. And on Oct. 11, Burlington Coat Factory is set to debut at the former Steve & Barry’s college apparel store inside Glenbrook Commons at Lima Road and Coliseum Boulevard. The university store closed about the same time as Linens ’n Things.

Atland said customers will find a wide selection of goods at Ollie’s.

“We have a little bit of everything,” he said. “We’re value-oriented, but we try to only sell brand-name merchandise.”