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Ocean State Job Lot yea/nay

Joltingjoey | Mar 2, 2011 08:51 AM

For the uninitiated, this is a Rhode Island based chain that is now in every New England state and upstate NY. They buy overstock, discontinued products and inventory from places that have gone out of business, and resell at deep discount. A few years ago, they greatly expanded their food section.
They carry non-perishable canned & packaged foods from all over the world, as well as many familiar American brands. Since their inventory is constantly changing, it's a real trip to browse the shelves on a regular basis. Last summer, they opened a store in an old Stop & Shop about 1 mile from my house. I try to go there about once a week.

Some recent yea's: Casa Diva organic extra virgin olive oil from Turkey, Beigel sesame pretzel rings and sticks from Israel, Sophia caponata from Bulgaria (Sophia is a Brooklyn importer of international foods-Joblot has many of their branded products, and most of them are excellent).

Nay's: a line of olives packed in plastic pint containers from Morocco. (I had one taste of the Kalamata's and threw the whole thing away--mushy and flavorless).

Anyone else a Job Lot lover? Care to share your yea's & nay's?

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