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Ocean State Job Lot Honored with 2024 Inspiring Workplaces Award

For third consecutive year, OSJL is among top 100 Inspiring Workplaces in North America

North Kingstown, R.I. – June 24, 2024 — Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL), a leading discount closeout retailer headquartered in Rhode Island with stores throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, is proud to announce that it was named a winner at the 2024 Inspiring Workplaces Awards in Chicago on Tuesday, June 18th.

The Inspiring Workplaces Awards honor organizations that prioritize their employees and foster a supportive and dynamic work environment. The awards evaluate companies based on six crucial categories: Culture and Purpose, Leadership, Wellbeing, Inclusion, Employee Voice, and Employee Experience.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized as one of the top Inspiring Workplaces in North America for the third consecutive year,” said Lynn Hall, Director of Corporate Communications, Ocean State Job Lot. “This honor reflects the dedication and hard work of our entire team. At OSJL, we believe that true inspiration comes from our people. We are grateful to every associate in our stores, corporate office, and distribution center, who contributes to our vibrant and inclusive people-first workplace culture.”

In May of this year, OSJL was also selected as a 2024 US Best Managed Company. Sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, the program recognizes outstanding U.S. private companies and the achievements of their management teams.

Ocean State Job Lot representatives Cristina Barreira, manager, organizational effectiveness & experience, and Rachael Hindle, senior communications specialist accepting award.

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Ocean State Job Lot representatives Cristina Barreira, manager, organizational effectiveness & experience, and Rachael Hindle, senior communications specialist.

About Inspiring Workplaces™:
Inspiring Workplaces is the result of the merger between the Employee Engagement Awards and the Employee Engagement Alliance. It is headquartered in the UK and operates in North America, Africa, and Australasia. Inspiring Workplaces™, believes in recognizing and shaping the new, forward-thinking organizations of the future. By shedding light on these innovative workplaces, Inspiring Workplaces helps to encourage positive change in workplaces as well as provide a source of inspiration and education for those who seek it. For more information, please visit:

About Ocean State Job Lot:
Founded in 1977, Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) is a growing, privately held discount retail chain with 153 stores in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, approximately 5,600 employees, and annual sales exceeding $800 million. OSJL Shoppers find an ever-changing array of brand name, first-quality merchandise at closeout prices, including household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (holiday, gardening, patio, pool, and beach supplies), and kitchen pantry staples at a fraction of their typical price. The company was named a four-time “Best Employer” by Forbes® Magazine*, a four-time US Best Managed Company by Deloitte, a three-time winner of the Inspiring Workplaces in North America Award, and a Global Top 100 Inspiring Workplaces winner. *Ocean State Job Lot is not affiliated with Forbes®.

The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has a long history of philanthropic leadership, supporting numerous causes, including feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, assisting veterans and military families, aiding animal rescue, caring for children, advancing healthcare, supporting the arts, and promoting learning. The Foundation’s operational, administrative, and overhead expenses are covered by Ocean State Job Lot, not the Foundation, ensuring that 100% of every dollar raised through the Foundation goes directly to helping those in need.

Ocean State Job Lot is headquartered in the Quonset Point Business Park at 375 Commerce Park Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852. Phone: (401) 295-2672; Website:

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