After more than two decades, a large vacant space in the Kalmia Plaza will have a new retailer occupying it by early August.


Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is expected to open on Aug. 6 in the 25,098-square-foot space that once housed Belk at 1660 Richland Ave. Belk relocated to the Aiken Mall in 1989. Veracity Payment Solutions has occupied a small portion of the empty department store over the past few years and will remain at that location once Ollie’s moves in.


Ollie’s is now hiring and expects to bring in 50 to 70 jobs, according to Ollie’s marketing office.


In January, Ziff Properties, which operates the shopping center, announced that Ollie’s Bargain Outlet made arrangements to lease the space.


Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is a retailer of closeouts, excess inventory and salvage merchandise, according to a press release.


This retailer currently operates 154 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to its website.


The first Ollie’s Bargain Outlet opened in 1982.


To apply for a job at Ollie’s or for information about this retailer, visit www.olliesbargainoutlet.com.


Amy Banton is the digital news editor for the Aiken Standard.