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July 3, 2014

Ocean State Job Lot plaza to get upgrades

DERRY — The Ocean State Job Lot plaza on Manchester Road will get a new look, thanks to the addition of two new neighbors.

The plaza at the former Wal-Mart building at 30 Manchester Road will see improvements to its exterior as it readies for the addition of an Aldi market and MonkeySports store.

The Planning Board gave its conditional approval to the plan at a meeting June 18.

Ocean State opened in March 2013, but occupies only a portion of the building.

The proposed MonkeySports store would be approximately 46,000 square feet in size and Aldi would take up another 18,000 square feet in the building. That would fill the space owned by Ocean State.

The plaza will get a redesigned look, according to Peter Holden of Holden Engineering. He told planning officials that the facade will be attractive. Some other physical changes will take place, he said, with parking flow and other characteristics of the property being upgraded.

“We will add two truck docks, and will build a truck dock on the north and south end (of the plaza),” he said.

The current traffic patterns used by Ocean State shoppers will see some changes and new signs will have all three businesses listed. Some handicapped parking spaces will be relocated, Holden said.

Derry Planning Director George Sioras said there will be no additional traffic impact in that area of Manchester Road once the two new stores open.

Original studies done when that project was planned took the entire building into consideration early on

“The widening of Route 28 calculated out the square footage of that building,” he said. “There will be no added traffic volume.”

There are very few MonkeySports stores, Sioras said, only five in the world, including one in Norwood, Mass. The new sports superstore would offer a variety of specialized sporting goods, he said.

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