Ocean State Job Lot Plaza


Ocean State Job Lot Plaza


When and why was the Ocean State Job Lot plaza built? What did it replace?


Julie Pittman


The Ocean State Job Lots Plaza, as we know it, came into existence in 1989. However, the original building that now houses Ocean State Job Lot was built in 1959. The adjoining building was built in 1960. The parking lot itself was built in 1980 and the remaining buildings were all built in 1989. [1]

To understand why the Plaza was built on Reservoir Avenue, the question arises: Why do the businesses in this plaza belong in this neighborhood? To break it down into its component parts: Why would they represent a profitable opportunity for real estate developers and merchants? At the same time, why are these businesses suitable for the Reservoir Avenue neighborhood?

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Julie Pittman, “Ocean State Job Lot Plaza,” Reservoir of Memories, accessed November 24, 2020, https://reservoirofmemories.omeka.net/items/show/74.