Almost a year after the Pier 1 store in the Ocean Heights Shopping Center closed, a new business is preparing to open in its place in Somers Point and Everything Must Go!

No, that's the name of the store..."Everything Must Go".

The store is set for its grand opening on Thursday, April 1.

Everything Must Go describes itself as selling overstock, surplus, returns and sellouts for a lower cost than wholesale value. The stores sells overstock inventory from Amazon and several other national retailers. The merchandise is kept in bins, each with varying prices.

You can find items as varied as phone cases, purses, Columbia jackets, kitchen nick-nacks, baby formula, recently released movies and more.

On Thursday, all the overstock merchandise is dumped into a number of bins that customers dig through. On Friday and Saturday, all items in the bins are $5. On Monday the price drops to $3, Tuesday $2 and finally a $1 on Wednesday.

According to Sam Pires, a North Carolina businessman behind Everything Must Go, after years of selling this overstock merchandise to companies in Asia, he had the idea to make this wholesale merchandise available to the public.

He opened up an Everything Must Go store in Dallas, Texas, and it was a hit.

“We usually have 150-200 people waiting at the doors Friday and Saturday morning Pires told the

The early reaction on social media from local people who have heard about the grand opening of the new Somers Point Everything Must Go store is mixed. There are some  who wish it was a store selling a higher-end product and others who seem genuinely  curious about the concept and eager to score a cheap deal.

We will find out soon enough if Everything Must Go is a hit in South Jersey, or, if in a year or two, they're holding an Everything Must Go, going-out-of-business sale.

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