An accomplished NASCAR racer, who is top ten in postseason victories among various other accolades, will be in attendance for the grand opening of a new discount store in the Quad Cities this week.

On Wednesday, September 6th, 2023, Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Moline, IL will open its doors. The outlet, with nearly 500 stores nationwide, is described as a deep discount store that houses several name brand items, per their website:

Ollie’s is America’s largest retailer of closeout merchandise and excess inventory. Our 492 “semi-lovely” stores sell merchandise of all descriptions and some beyond description. hands to right offer stand.


You’ll find real brands at real bargain prices in every department, from housewares to sporting goods to flooring and to food. Ollie’s buyers scour the world looking for closeouts, overstocks, package changes, manufacturer refurbished goods, and irregulars.

Besides the opening of a new store making local headlines, the special guest in attendance is also commanding some himself. Semi-retired NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be at Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Moline signing autographs and meeting with his fans.

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At 7:30am Wednesday, 250 tickets will be distributed at the store for Stewart's autograph session. The autograph session will start at 10am, and tickets are limited to one per customer, per Our Quad Cities:

We are excited to open our ninth store in the great state of Illinois where the folks have been so good to us. With so many great deals, we’re thrilled to provide shoppers in Moline and its surrounding areas with a treasure hunt experience where they can find a huge selection of brand name merchandise at up to 70% off the fancy stores’ prices every day. - John Swygert, president and CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, per Our Quad Cities

Tony Stewart is the only driver in history to win a championship in both IndyCar and NASCAR. Among a slew of awards, Stewart is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion, the 1997 IndyCar Series Champion, and the 1995 USAC Triple Crown Champion.

Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images
Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images

Ollie's is bringing approximately 50-60 new jobs to Moline, IL, and employs more than 10,000 people across the United States. Much of Ollie's merchandise comes as a result of a manufacturer overproducing an item or changing their packaging. Ollie's will purchase the overstocked items, resulting in recognizable name-brands at discounted prices.

The grand opening of the Moline store plus the meet and greet with Tony Stewart is also publicized on Ollie's official website:

Along the way, Stewart has won some of the biggest races in motorsports. He is a two-time winner of the Brickyard 400 (2005, 2007), a seven-time winner of the season-opening NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013) and a two-time winner of the famed Chili Bowl, an all-star Midget race at the Tulsa Expo Raceway (2002, 2007). He’s also won such famed USAC races as the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway (2000), the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway (2000) and the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (1995).

Ollie's Bargain Outlet is located at 4490 27th Street in Moline, IL.

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