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Ollie's Bargain Outlet is a chain of retail stores founded in 1982 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by the late Morton Bernstein. The first store was opened in Mechanicsburg, just outside Harrisburg. The chain now has 154 locations (as of January 2014) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, South Carolina, Indiana and Michigan. The president and CEO is Mark Butler.
Ollie's Bargain Outlet deals in surplus merchandise obtained from various retailers, suppliers or manufacturers throughout the country, whether in the form of closeouts, bankruptcy sales or other similar means of buying stock at below wholesale costs.
In the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series, Ollie's sponsored the #43 car of Kertus Davis at Dover. The following year, the company sponsored Jamie McMurray's #37 car in the same Busch Series race held at Dover. In 2008, Ollie's sponsored the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 360 Challenge with Kasey Kahne, Dave Blaney and Tony Stewart. In 2010 Ollie's sponsored the #33 Chevy Silverado driven by Ron Hornaday for the Pocono Raceway truck series race. His team, Kevin Harvick Inc., has been sponsored by Ollie's since the beginning of 2010.
After much exposure during the 2012 Daytona 500, where Tommy Baldwin Racing's Dave Blaney was leading at the time of the red flag, Ollie's extended their sponsorship of the team's #36 for later races.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet of stores features its namesake founder Oliver E. Rosenberg, in the form of humorous caricatures throughout its stores' interiors, merchandising displays, and on its logo and exterior signage.
In 2008, the chain consolidated its four distribution warehouses into one.
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