Ollie’s Bargain Outlet will begin its push into southern New Jersey on Wednesday with its first store in the state in the English Creek Shopping center in Egg Harbor Township.

“We think this is the beginning for us in southern New Jersey,” Dan Haines, Ollie’s vice president of marketing, said Monday. “I think you’ll see other stores in southern New Jersey in the not too distant future.”

The Harrisburg, Pa.-based chain’s 84 stores offer closeout, surplus and salvage merchandise at deep discounts, he said. “Business has been very good” in the recession, he said, and revenue has increased, but the privately held company would not disclose the amount.

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This year, the company plans to open 15 stores and next year plans even more, Haines said.

The new 32,500 square foot store will begin with 60 employees and adjust downward a bit, he said.

The store manager will be Brad Heisman, who said he will probably relocate to the area but wouldn’t say from where.

Former Baltimore Orioles third basemen and 16-time Golden Glove winner Brooks Robinson will participate in the grand opening Wednesday, signing autographs and posing for photos with 200 fans who get tickets handed out starting at 7:30 a.m.

Also attending will be Mark Butler, Ollie’s president and CEO.

Ollie’s started with a store in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in 1982. The chain’s stores are primarily in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

The company is building a 603,000 square foot distribution center in East Manchester, Pa., which, when completed in early 2011, will support further East Coast expansion.

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