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Title: Big Lots
Post by: Jag67 on May 08, 2005, 05:11:36 PM
This was a VERY old Big lots, VERY outdated, and absolutely FILTHY. Not to mention it had the old logo. This is was one of the dirtiest stores I had ever been in. closed last year. thank god it closed. It's in a very old dead plaza called "Colvin Plaza" that has slots that have been vacant for over 10 years.:duh:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Caldor1999 on May 08, 2005, 05:16:04 PM
lol i think tghere to to to to cheep lol:insane:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: truviking05 on May 08, 2005, 06:33:12 PM
A Big Lots near me was once a Phar-Mor, then a Books-a-Million...I get the impression that it's kinda dirty....


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Caldor1999 on May 08, 2005, 07:04:28 PM
never been to one but now  dont think i wanna go there lol


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 02:30:50 PM
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Originally posted by Caldor1999
never been to one but now  dont think i wanna go there lol




believe me its not much in there at big lots no unique store image no organized layout

AND PLUS LACK OF GREAT PRODUCTS!


heres Big Lots logos


the old ones on the left


the new/current one is on the right

I don't like either of them


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Caldor1999 on May 10, 2005, 02:43:26 PM
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Originally posted by 76&AmesfanmanBBTB
Quote
Originally posted by Caldor1999
never been to one but now  dont think i wanna go there lol




believe me its not much in there at big lots no unique store image no organized layout

AND PLUS LACK OF GREAT PRODUCTS!


heres Big Lots logos


the old ones on the left


the new/current one is on the right

I don't like either of them


i was told that Jamesway was like that but i doubt it Jmaesway was more like Ames then Big Lots


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 04:37:12 PM
Heres what the interior looks like  or supposed to look like :boring:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 04:40:25 PM
exterior:boring:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 04:41:53 PM
heres the guy whos frequently on the Big Lots commercials

lol:insane:


He used to be on an old sitcom show called "Coach" I belive it was on FOX


now after all his fame he ends up doing this job

at spokes person for Big Lots yawn:boring:

how low can you go?:insane:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 04:43:41 PM
I like this design better but its not very common :)


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 04:45:06 PM
a little more interesting exterior:)


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 04:46:52 PM
store uniform

not very interesting though:boring:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 05:42:12 PM
old big lots


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 05:43:18 PM
remember when Big Lots had this cheesey store mascot?

lol :insane:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 05:45:19 PM
More pics inside big lots :boring:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 05:46:44 PM
another pic inside big lots pretty boring store if you ask me:boring:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 05:49:36 PM
more exterior pics

again I like this style of sign better


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 05:53:06 PM
exterior showing unique letter placement goes opposite to the actuall logo but I don't mind


this is the most unsual one probalbly from overseas since the webpage I got it off from was Chinese/Japanese


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: 76&AmesfanmanBBTB on May 10, 2005, 05:55:26 PM
my favorite Big Lots pic this one reminds me of Caldor


sorry I couldn't get it any larger the computer said the operation timed out so I could not get the full size image

grrr:mad:

lol:insane:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Caldor1999 on May 10, 2005, 05:59:11 PM
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Originally posted by 76&AmesfanmanBBTB
old big lots


that logo remindes me of the orange caldor logo lol:insane:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Caldor1999 on May 10, 2005, 06:13:19 PM
Quote
Originally posted by 76&AmesfanmanBBTB
heres the guy whos frequently on the Big Lots commercials

lol:insane:


He used to be on an old sitcom show called "Coach" I belive it was on FOX


now after all his fame he ends up doing this job

at spokes person for Big Lots yawn:boring:

how low can you go?:insane:



lol how low can u go well there is a wal mart commercial


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: HoJofan206 on May 21, 2005, 02:14:36 AM
Does anyone know if the sister  store Odd Lots still excists?
As orange is Big Lots color Odd Lots was Yellow.  If anyone has any pics to post of Odd Lots it would be great!  :roll:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: truviking05 on June 09, 2005, 10:40:56 PM
Follow this link to see a pic of a fairly old-looking Big Lots with some interesting architecture I have never before seen on one of their stores...or any store, really!

http://rox.com/pix/big_lots_windshield/


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: df559 on June 19, 2005, 01:20:28 AM
Here is one of the Big Lots where I live, it is located in an old Safeway. All the Big Lots here have this style of sign, since they were just changed to that name within the last 5 years. The stores opened as "Pic-N-Save", which was changed to "MacFrugal's Bargains-Closeouts" before the parent company decided to consolidate all their stores under the "Big Lots" banner. (The stores were always owned by the same people, they just used different names in different parts of the country in the 80's and 90's.)


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: df559 on June 19, 2005, 01:34:26 AM
This name, along with Pic-N-Save and Odd Lots was phased out in 1991 in favor of Big Lots. Here is what the inside of a MacFrugal's store looked like:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: LazarusFan on June 19, 2005, 07:01:07 PM
I have a Big Lots in my town.  It used to be where the Rink's City Store was.  Our store has alot of second hand stuff and brands you probably never heard of.  You should see our store on doughnut day.:o


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: df559 on June 20, 2005, 11:54:02 PM
Big Lots in Merced, Ca. This store was a "New Deal" grocery store previously. (New Deal was a local chain, they had this location at the Merced Mall, and another across town in an old Alpha Beta. They went under in the early 1990's)


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: store215 on June 21, 2005, 10:14:18 PM
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Originally posted by df559
Big Lots in Merced, Ca.


Those blue carts look a lot like the ones Pathmark (PA/NJ/DE Supermarket) uses!


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: df559 on June 22, 2005, 12:29:53 AM
Ah, I did not know that! I posted a close up of it in the shopping carts thread, as it's actually a MacFrugal's cart. This Big Lots had lots of old Target and Ames carts, which was a bit confusing as there is a Target at the other end of the mall and their carts were almost the same as the ones Big lots has, only the ones at BL had Target scraped off of them.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: df559 on July 01, 2005, 01:35:56 AM
MacFrugal's was pretty much the same as Big Lots. MacFrugal's was a step up from Pic-N-Save, though, as P-N-S had really cheap, off-brand merchandise, usually. When they changed the name to MacFrugal's, they started to get more name-brand stuff in there. (I have posted a pic of a MacFrugal's cart to the shopping cart thread)


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: dooneyt63 on July 04, 2005, 09:10:33 PM
Big Lots used several store banners, some gained in acquisitions.  They have brought everything under the Big Lots banner and adopted it for the corporate name in place of Consolidated Stores.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: dooneyt63 on July 06, 2005, 06:31:20 PM
Does anyone remember another short-lived closeout chain called Itza Deal!?  They were kind of neat, not as large as the Big Lots family of stores, more like the $.99 or $1.00 only stores.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: dooneyt63 on July 06, 2005, 06:56:19 PM
Big Lots is perhaps one of the most interesting cemeteries for dead and dying retail curiosities.  Recently though, the stores have been spiffed up (especially newer locations) and they are becoming much more regimented.  There are still a lot of closeouts but not as much of a random assortment as there once was.  Not only do shopping carts from long-dead chains show up at the older locations, store brands from long-gone chains sometimes magically appear.  A specific incident from a couple of years back was Lucky Supermarket cookies at least 1-2 years after Albertson's phased out the Lucky banner.  The new, slicker look has resulted in new Big Lots shopping carts and Big Lots bags.  Early on, the stores sometimes used closed store bags.  This was something McCrory did in its dying days...even though it was not ostensibly a closeout store.  Though, come to think of it, they did operate the Bargain Time chain that dealt mostly in closeout goods.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Zayre88 on July 06, 2005, 07:08:04 PM
It's a thing i don't like about BigLots.  The merchandise has Big Lots bar-codes with price, there are big lots bags, it's not really a bargain hunt.  you can almost expect what's in stock all year long.  They are a national chain.

Another thing is that around here, they opened in former stores like Rich's and Bradlees but are only using half or less than half the space the former discount store had.  When you enter, it's a bit dissapointing.  

Look at this floor plan, a big former Rich's became three small stores including Big Lots !


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: storehistoryguy on July 07, 2005, 08:14:03 AM
An older Big Lots somewhere.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: storehistoryguy on July 07, 2005, 08:14:35 AM
Big Lots Balloons!


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Zayre88 on August 17, 2005, 03:09:50 PM
August 17, 2005 07:38 AM ET
Big Lots Second-Quarter Loss Widens

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Big Lots Inc. on Wednesday said its second-quarter loss widened including a charge from its former KB Toys unit, combined with weak same-store sales and higher costs for inbound freight due to higher fuel prices.
The nation's largest closeout retailer posted a loss of $13.8 million, or 12 cents per share, compared with a loss of $7.7 million, or 7 cents per share, a year earlier. The company said the latest quarter included a charge of $3.8 million, or 3 cents per share, from a partial charge-off of a note related to KB Toys.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: shakethis1234 on December 07, 2005, 12:26:50 PM
they are closing 2 stores in the syracuse area


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: TRU7536 on December 15, 2005, 08:17:09 PM
This is Big Lots of Newington. One half of the former Lechemer building. Is going to be remodeled in 2006.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Zayre88 on December 15, 2005, 08:27:21 PM
Big Lots in Portsmouth NH, in part of a former Rich's department store.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: storehistoryguy on December 23, 2005, 04:03:31 PM
This is the Big Lots in Lansdale Pa. which was orginally an old Ames.

(http://www.trefoilinc.com/images/hillcrest2.jpg)
http://www.trefoilinc.com/hillcrest.html


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: storehistoryguy on December 30, 2005, 06:28:01 PM
Former Big Lots in Fort Saginaw Mall, Saginaw, MI.

http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/forgottenmi/fortsaginaw.html


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: ameskmart1 on December 30, 2005, 07:04:10 PM
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Originally posted by storehistoryguy
(http://www.hawkinscompanies.com/pics/BigLots_BoiseID.jpg)
http://www.hawkinscompanies.com/photogallery.htm


That Big Lots is in Boise, ID and is closing


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: TRU7536 on January 15, 2006, 10:20:47 AM
Does any know what 170 store Big Lots is closing this month. i can never find these sheets of store closings.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: storehistoryguy on January 15, 2006, 11:38:06 AM
Quote
Originally posted by TRU7536
Does any know what 170 store Big Lots is closing this month. i can never find these sheets of store closings.


Big Lots is closing stores? I didn't know they were having trouble.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: storehistoryguy on January 15, 2006, 11:47:56 AM
(http://www.biglots.com/realestate/image2_content.jpg)
http://www.biglots.com/


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Anonymous on February 18, 2006, 07:25:16 PM
Odd Lots was introduced in 1982 by Consolidated Stores and not bought out, and in fact came before the Big Lots name (1985.) MacFrugal's and Pic-N'-Save were the same company, taken over by Consolidated in 1998. Starting in 2001 and ending in 2002, they rebranded everything else to Big Lots.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Anonymous on February 18, 2006, 07:43:20 PM
When Consolidated Stores renamed their company to Big Lots Stores, Inc. to reflect that they rebranded their other three banners, they changed their website address from cnstores.com to biglots.com. During the transition and for some time after, you could use either one. Now, avoid the old one because it redirects you to freak central, buydomains.com. This website has some pretty unusual sounding domains, including some that sound slightly off-color. Also, each different time you visit the site, there is a randomly selected smiling person staring at you. Anyway, the information from my previous post is courtesy of biglots.com.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: BillyGr on March 02, 2006, 10:13:38 PM
The new (within the last 3 months) Big Lots in Hudson (Greenport) - in the plaza with Aldi - this store took over what was about 4 stores at one time.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: beezer210 on March 08, 2006, 08:22:14 PM
Quote
Originally posted by 76&AmesfanmanBBTB
heres the guy whos frequently on the Big Lots commercials
He used to be on an old sitcom show called "Coach" I belive it was on FOX


now after all his fame he ends up doing this job

at spokes person for Big Lots yawn:boring:

how low can you go?:insane:


That's Jerry Van Dyke, brother of Dick Van Dyke and star of one of the worst shows in television history, "My Mother the Car".  He also was the spokesperson for Hersheypark a few years ago, I think that's all he does anymore.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: AmesNewington on March 09, 2006, 09:32:34 AM
Quote
Originally posted by storehistoryguy
Quote
Originally posted by TRU7536
Does any know what 170 store Big Lots is closing this month. i can never find these sheets of store closings.


Big Lots is closing stores? I didn't know they were having trouble.


I think Big Lots is closing stores because they are not performing well in those areas, and they keep opening stores to test out new areas to see how they do. Same with Office Max.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Anonymous on March 09, 2006, 02:04:58 PM
Does anyone know what the one in Philadelphia (Franklin Mills Boulevard) was before? It's their newest store in the Philly area. Anyway, here's what their other Philly area stores originally were:
Aston, Delaware County: Drug Emporium
Norristown, Montgomery County: Acme
Lansdale, Montgomery County: Ames
Kennett Square, Chester County: Jamesway
Bristol, Bucks County: JCPenney Furniture Outlet


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: store215 on March 09, 2006, 03:01:16 PM
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Originally posted by Anonymous
Does anyone know what the one in Philadelphia (Franklin Mills Boulevard) was before? It's their newest store in the Philly area. Anyway, here's what their other Philly area stores originally were:
Aston, Delaware County: Drug Emporium
Norristown, Montgomery County: Acme
Lansdale, Montgomery County: Ames
Kennett Square, Chester County: Jamesway
Bristol, Bucks County: JCPenney Furniture Outlet


I haven't been to the Franklin Mills Mall since early summer, but I remember there was work being done to the former Hechinger store, so that may have been it :huh:


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on March 12, 2006, 02:56:41 PM
here is big lots in newington ct

from http://newington.univers-clt.com/view_property_C.php?account_no=L1756600&series_card=1


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: BillyGr on March 17, 2006, 09:40:25 PM
The first photo is the store in Poughkeepsie (off Route 44).  This store was a Stop & Shop, until they demolished the former Caldor in the plaza and buil a Super Stop & Shop there.

The 2nd is the store in Troy Plaza on Hoosick St (Rt 7) in Troy.  It is a former Ames (another of those stores with the 6 part front for some kind of former sign).  The Big Lots occupies this part, the right portion (out of the photo) appears to still be empty.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Anonymous on March 19, 2006, 02:14:52 PM
And what was the one in Fairless Hills, PA?


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: BillyGr on March 27, 2006, 08:36:38 PM
This store is in Pittsfield (MA) in the Allendale plaza at the corner of Route 8 & 9.  It was previosuly other stores (can't remember what at the moment) and became Big Lots about 3-4 Years ago (give or take).


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Anonymous on April 09, 2006, 06:44:48 PM
It was 2001, not 1991! I wasn't even born yet, and MacFrugal's/Pic-N-Save wasn't even owned by Big Lots until 1998.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on May 18, 2006, 07:38:48 PM
here is the big lots in cortland ny


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on May 18, 2006, 07:42:25 PM
here si big lots where ames is in troy ny


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on May 18, 2006, 08:25:39 PM
here is teh big lots in ithaca ny in the former ames that closed in 1991 or 1992.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on June 25, 2006, 05:58:16 PM
here is the big lots in auburn maine that took over the old rich's.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on August 08, 2006, 07:07:55 PM
big lots in east hartford in the mall with burlington coat and stop and shop.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on August 08, 2006, 07:09:49 PM
big lots in manchester ct in the shaw's plaza in the town's center.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on August 08, 2006, 07:12:14 PM
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Originally posted by d_fife
big lots in manchester ct in the shaw's plaza in the town's center.


sign of big lots in manchester ct


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on August 08, 2006, 07:14:15 PM
big lots in newington ct near joann etc and modells


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on August 08, 2006, 07:16:41 PM
big lots in bristol ct in marshalls plaza.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: XISMZERO on August 08, 2006, 10:54:44 PM
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Originally posted by d_fife
big lots in newington ct near joann etc and modells


That entire building right there was a former Lechmere who subdivided into a Jo-Ann and a Big Lots. Even though Jo-Ann Fabrics renovated their half, the entire former merchandise pickup area on the Jo-Ann side is almost exactly the same as it was when Lechmere was in operation.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: AmesNewington on August 09, 2006, 09:36:18 AM
There are plans to add on to that part of the store on the Jo Ann side. It is either for more space for Jo Ann's, or for more stores. It still looks like a nice building.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on August 09, 2006, 01:56:04 PM
wallingford ct


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on August 09, 2006, 02:26:24 PM
sign of wallingford ct one


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on August 15, 2006, 11:12:30 AM
big lots in laconia / belmont nh


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on August 15, 2006, 01:04:43 PM
big lots brunswick me


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Marc82 on December 03, 2006, 04:44:48 PM
I was at the Big Lots in Bristol, CT this afternoon and I was going to steal a Plan-O-Gram, but I chickened out.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: powersbt on December 03, 2006, 06:45:36 PM
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Originally posted by Marc82
I was at the Big Lots in Bristol, CT this afternoon and I was going to steal a Plan-O-Gram, but I chickened out.


Do you get ahold of Price Chopper Planograms?? I have access to the ones at my store, but it means nothing to me, because they are poorly planned out, and don't seemed to be based on anything intelligent.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Marc82 on December 03, 2006, 07:34:27 PM
Nope. I'm a cashier/bagger.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: d_fife on December 17, 2006, 01:11:56 PM
big lots in warren pa


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: XISMZERO on December 17, 2006, 01:18:35 PM
Quote
Originally posted by d_fife
big lots in manchester ct in the shaw's plaza in the town's center.
sign of big lots in manchester ct


Good thing you shot it when you did; Big Lots of Manchester is now closed. Here's the shot taken earlier this month.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: XISMZERO on December 17, 2006, 01:20:54 PM
The former road sign. Like the annexed Manchester Parkade (the Bradlees sign seen in the background), this is but another victim of Broad Street's falling retail market.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: dmx10101 on September 15, 2007, 10:16:26 PM
Big Lots in Jacksonville, Big Lots used to be briefly a King Arthur's Amusement Castle place and before that it was a Food Lion.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/dmx10101/04974351.jpg)


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: GothicPrincess on November 08, 2007, 10:18:44 PM
Ok, I finally found out what the Big Lots in Greensburg, PA used to be. It was a Giant Eagle. I knew that it was a grocery store at one time, just didn't know what. Now I know lol I should have taken pictures while I still worked there. I'll try to get my friend to get pics for me...


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: XISMZERO on January 12, 2008, 03:59:04 PM
SPRINGFIELD MASS on the Allen & Cooley St. split

It has the old-school sign.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: XISMZERO on January 12, 2008, 03:59:38 PM
SPRINGFIELD MASS on the Allen & Cooley St. split

It has the old-school sign on the side too.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on July 13, 2008, 09:17:51 PM
Big Lots located in the Magic city of Middlesboro Kentucky. This store is smaller than most of the ones I have been in, has some funiture.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 03, 2008, 08:15:42 PM
Magic City Shopping Center


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 03, 2008, 08:17:50 PM
Magic City Shopping Center Barberton, Ohio. A Big Lot Furniture located right next door to Big Lots.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 03, 2008, 08:19:53 PM
A Big Lots located in a formerly Krogers.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
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Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
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Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
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Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
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Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 03, 2008, 08:44:41 PM
A odd looking Big Lots, but I like it.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 03, 2008, 08:49:42 PM
A Big Lots in  former 60,000 Kroger's superstore.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 08, 2008, 09:14:02 PM
Putnam County Center, Big lots located in a former Wal Mart.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 08, 2008, 09:42:15 PM
Big Lots in an old Ingles Supermarket location in the Covington Square in Lithonia, Georgia.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
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Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
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Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 22, 2008, 07:46:40 PM
Located in the Heritage Square shopping in Grafton, Virginia. This Big Lots just opened on March 20, 2008, and was formally a Farm Fresh grocery store, which closed June 24, 1995. Then, it was a True Value Hardware.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 22, 2008, 08:16:40 PM
This Big Lots is a former Kroger's Greenhouse.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Mobil on September 27, 2008, 09:56:53 PM
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Originally posted by wiseguy93
This Big Lots is a former Kroger's Greenhouse.


Interesting. I know a Kroger of this style that moved and became MacFrugal's, which was later acquired by Big Lots. That store is just down the road from what appears to be a later 80s Kroger, and this store is an older Big Lots. Both Krogers must have moved long ago.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on September 30, 2008, 09:17:48 PM
This Big Lots shares a building with Save A lot in Sidney Ohio


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
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Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
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Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on October 14, 2008, 09:43:50 PM
Village Marketplace


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on October 14, 2008, 10:02:33 PM
Englewood, Florida Lemon Bay


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: wiseguy93 on October 14, 2008, 10:04:55 PM
Orchard Plaza


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Mobil on December 31, 2008, 10:15:50 PM
Quote
Originally posted by wiseguy93
Orchard Plaza


That one is a former Weis.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Mobil on December 31, 2008, 10:17:15 PM
Big Lots in East Norriton, PA, opened summer 2002. Former Acme.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: dmx10101 on January 07, 2009, 12:46:44 AM
Here's the recently opened Big Lots in Jacksonville, FL (this is a former Wal-Mart..which I used to work at) One of the nicest Big Lots I've been to.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/dmx10101/IMG00005.jpg)


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Mobil on January 08, 2009, 03:53:29 PM
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Originally posted by dmx10101
Here's the recently opened Big Lots in Jacksonville, FL (this is a former Wal-Mart..which I used to work at) One of the nicest Big Lots I've been to.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/dmx10101/IMG00005.jpg)


THIS was a Wal-Mart??!! When did it open? When did it close?


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: dmx10101 on January 08, 2009, 11:42:27 PM
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Originally posted by Mobil
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Originally posted by dmx10101
Here's the recently opened Big Lots in Jacksonville, FL (this is a former Wal-Mart..which I used to work at) One of the nicest Big Lots I've been to.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/dmx10101/IMG00005.jpg)


THIS was a Wal-Mart??!! When did it open? When did it close?


It opened in the early 90s and closed in March 2005, when they built a new supercenter a few miles up the road. It was vacant up until late '07 when they started renovating it. They pretty much gutted the store and just left the skeleton of it. The Big Lots takes about a 1/4 of the store and is where the entrance of the Wal-mart used to be, the rest of it, they made into about four or five smaller store fronts, none of which have been leased yet. I helped close this wal-mart and open the new Supercenter.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Mobil on January 09, 2009, 03:46:47 PM
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Originally posted by dmx10101
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Originally posted by Mobil
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Originally posted by dmx10101
Here's the recently opened Big Lots in Jacksonville, FL (this is a former Wal-Mart..which I used to work at) One of the nicest Big Lots I've been to.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/dmx10101/IMG00005.jpg)


THIS was a Wal-Mart??!! When did it open? When did it close?


It opened in the early 90s and closed in March 2005, when they built a new supercenter a few miles up the road. It was vacant up until late '07 when they started renovating it. They pretty much gutted the store and just left the skeleton of it. The Big Lots takes about a 1/4 of the store and is where the entrance of the Wal-mart used to be, the rest of it, they made into about four or five smaller store fronts, none of which have been leased yet. I helped close this wal-mart and open the new Supercenter.


The early 90s? This one must have different architecture because of historic preservation laws.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: videogamer75 on January 09, 2009, 04:14:05 PM
I think that the Wal-Mart was a regular, red white and blue store and the plaza owners remodeled it after W-M left, and Big Lots! moved in.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Mobil on January 09, 2009, 04:27:38 PM
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Originally posted by videogamer75
I think that the Wal-Mart was a regular, red white and blue store and the plaza owners remodeled it after W-M left, and Big Lots! moved in.


Um, I think those "red, white and blue stores" are impossible to remodel. So are many Kmart stores, and JCPenney as well.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: videogamer75 on January 09, 2009, 05:14:27 PM
I've seen several remodeled Wal-Marts and Kmarts. Unless it's a crumbling 90 year old building, nothing is impossible to remodel.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Mobil on January 09, 2009, 06:09:27 PM
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Originally posted by videogamer75
I've seen several remodeled Wal-Marts and Kmarts. Unless it's a crumbling 90 year old building, nothing is impossible to remodel.


I mean that it is impossible to remove the Wal-Mart facade design. They could not remodel the typical 80's Wal-Mart like they did to the former Jefferson Ward/Bradlees stores that became Wal-Mart, for example. Kmart and JCPenney both use textured walls. Kmart also uses cinder block. Or the Penn Fruit buildings, or Acme stores with the peaked roof, or the traditional A&P roof.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: videogamer75 on January 09, 2009, 06:19:16 PM
Oops, sorry, I misunderstood what you said. I guess they ripped off the entire storefront and built a new one then, I've seen that happen to some buildings.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: dmx10101 on January 10, 2009, 01:23:38 AM
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Originally posted by videogamer75
Oops, sorry, I misunderstood what you said. I guess they ripped off the entire storefront and built a new one then, I've seen that happen to some buildings.


You are correct. They pretty much ripped the store front and and rebuilt it. Thats why I said the pretty much gutted it and just left the skeleton of the store. the Wal-mart, didnt look at all like it does now that its Big Lots, it was a typical looking regular wal-mart, it opened as a brown style wal-mart then remodeled to the red, white, blue look in the mid, late 90's.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: NJxxJon on January 10, 2009, 11:51:47 AM
I just got some awsome soda for a one dollar a bottle here. It was GREAT. It's beating my local wallomart.....which is sad....hahahahahahah


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Mobil on January 10, 2009, 10:09:03 PM
videogamer75, what did the Big Lots in Clementon used to be? And what about the one in Somers Point? (not Egg Harbor)


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: videogamer75 on January 10, 2009, 10:43:42 PM
The Clementon one used to be a hardware store, but unfortunately I can't remember the name. I don't know about the Somers Point one.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Mervyns on March 01, 2009, 10:04:49 PM
the Big Lots near me was a Penn Fruit


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: ShopKoFan on March 03, 2009, 06:54:13 PM
The Big Lots in Green Bay, Wisconsin was a Kohl's Foods. The Big Lots anchors a dead strip mall (whose only tenant left is a tanning salon), behind Hardee's, next to Kmart and across from Lambeau Field. Kohl's Foods left Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1992 because of competition from Cub Foods, Sure Way, SuperValu, Copps Food Center, and Festival Foods.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Marc82 on May 30, 2009, 06:48:38 PM
Friggin' gross. I went to use the men's room at the one in Bristol, CT tonight disgusting. No toilet paper in either stall and both had human waste left in it. Nasty. I ended up using the men's room at the Sears Hardware Store in the same plaza. Anyone have the number for the Bristol Health Dept?


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Marc82 on August 12, 2009, 10:58:10 AM
Took the this picture today August 12, 2009 of the entrance to the Bristol, CT Big Lots. There's been no change to the store interior or exterior from the picture Dan Fife took in 2006 on Page 3 of this thread. This Big Lots opened in 2003 and replaced a Waldbaum's Foodmart that closed in the late 90s I think. The entire shopping plaza is up for sale too.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: Marc82 on November 25, 2009, 09:57:57 PM
Big Lots opened in half of the Old Shoprite on Wolcott Street in Waterbury. The other half is gonna be a Saver's Consignment Shop.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: XDeSuEhTX on December 02, 2009, 02:43:33 PM
Our Big Lots store was an old 70s Kroger. It's funny because you can tell, they didn't change much at all to the exterior or interior. They hang merchandise on the walls with the overhangs to them, where the freezers and meats were kept.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: nims57 on December 23, 2009, 09:22:15 PM
One of the many Big Lots in Houston, TX.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: videogamer75 on December 24, 2009, 01:27:08 PM
Uh...that's in Norristown, PA.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: gu4ever on December 28, 2009, 06:55:48 PM
The former Grand Union now home to Big Lot's. This photo was taken back in September prior to their Grand Opening.


Title: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: scottw73 on December 28, 2009, 09:57:45 PM
I've been to that store, before after GU closed it became Treasure Island after they relocated from the former Dutchess Mall (which is now a Home Depot)


Title: Re: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: nims57 on March 02, 2010, 09:41:55 PM
I think the Somers Point, NJ store was either a Jamesway or a Richway (later Target). When the Acme next door relocated, the old store was torn down for a Caldor. That store is now a Kmart.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: videogamer75 on March 03, 2010, 02:26:26 PM
Uh...I don't think so. Not only is that building far too small for a discount store, but Richway never got anywhere near NJ. And the Kmart was a completely new build, built in 2002 on the site of the former Acme which relocated in 1994.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Kmart4life on September 20, 2011, 08:01:46 PM
We are going to have 2 Big Lots stores here one on the north side of town and one on the south side of town. Our current store is liquidating to move to an old Kash N Karry location that has been closed for 9 years and has been completely remodeled. The other on thr north side is going into the old Circut City store which has been remodeled too. The old location is possibly turning into a Dollar Tree.  This is in the old Sears Town plaza that has been open since the 60's, and already has a Dollar General and Family Dollar. 2 Dollar stores in one shopping center is enough and plus I hte Dollar Tree!


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Kmart4life on November 08, 2011, 11:29:12 PM
Went to one of the New Big Lots stores and it is NICE!!! No remnance of Kash N Kerry at all.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Kmart4life on November 16, 2011, 08:11:20 PM
This is our former Big Lots location that just closed moving on the North side of town to a nicer and better location in the old Circuit City building. This is the label scar from the orange letters that were taken down just a few days ago.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on November 17, 2011, 04:33:06 AM
I needed a new mouse for my computer and got one at Big Lots for $4. They still have lots of computer mice with what's called a PS2 connection rather than a USB connection. The Walmart down the street from the Bristol Big Lots did not have any computer mice with the PS2 connections. They also have 20 oz bottles of Coca Cola products for a decent price. $1.25 + tax and deposit. (Of course the cheapest I've seen that is at Dollar Tree).


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Kmart4life on November 17, 2011, 07:16:32 PM
Carts left in the old Big Lots location


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Kmart4life on November 17, 2011, 07:18:37 PM
Inside old Big Lots sorry for the angle, I ws trying not to get caught by security!


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: nims57 on November 19, 2011, 10:39:03 PM
They have been expanding in the Philly area again. The Linens N Things in Valley Forge PA and Bradlees in Mantua NJ just became Big Lots.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: ShopKoFan on November 23, 2011, 01:27:18 PM
Inside old Big Lots sorry for the angle, I ws trying not to get caught by security!
You could always rotate the picture...


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: jason83080 on December 20, 2011, 11:34:23 AM
Went out across town recently, and found a few new things:

1. The Big Lots location in Brook Park, Ohio (in the Brookgate plaza, 1/3 of the former Zayre/Ames location) went out of business and is now closed. I'm not sure if it couldn't compete with the nearby location in Parma Heights, OH (at York and Pearl Rds; it's HUGE, occupying two storefronts - one for BL, one for the Furniture) or what happened, but it's not there anymore. Also, the rest of the old Zayre/Ames is now a Marc's store, and it's TINY. They kept the original ceiling, though, so there's still love for the endless rows of fluorescent lighting!

2. On the subject of Marc's, the location in Parma, Ohio, in the Pleasant Valley plaza is now a Big Lots! I stopped in there before Halloween, and it's actually nice and spacious. They completely repainted the inside, so you can't even tell that it used to be a Marc's. They didn't, however, occupy the entire Marc's space, so the little storefront next door (which used to be the old Produce section years ago) is vacant.

3. The old CompUSA in North Olmsted, OH, is now home to a new Big Lots store. They painted the red squares on the front of the store Big Lots Orange. I'm not sure what the previous tenants did to the inside, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I'm pretty sure that it doesn't occupy the entire store space. The walls here are BLACK.


Title: Re: Wappinger Falls, NY
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on January 13, 2012, 06:09:44 PM
Took the this picture today August 12, 2009 of the entrance to the Bristol, CT Big Lots. There's been no change to the store interior or exterior from the picture Dan Fife took in 2006 on Page 3 of this thread. This Big Lots opened in 2003 and replaced a Waldbaum's Foodmart that closed in the late 90s I think. The entire shopping plaza is up for sale too.

At 45,000 Square Feet the Bristol, Connnecticut location is one of the biggest Big Lots around.


Title: Big Lots coming to Farmington, ME
Post by: retailisking on June 22, 2012, 05:19:12 PM
The former W.T. Grant, Ames and Bob's Discount location at the Mt. Blue Shopping Center will become a Big Lots in September.
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/franklin/2012/06/22/big-lots-open-store-farmington/1206979

The backing for the old "GRANTS" lettering is still plainly visible
(http://www.sunjournal.com/files/imagecache/story_large/2012/06/07/FARboxlotsP060812a.jpg)


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on August 28, 2013, 03:37:10 PM
Had an appointment in Wallingford today. Mom and I stopped at the Wallingford Big Lots. Wow! What a dump. Plus they had an old school sign on the building. Anyone know what was there before?


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: scottw73 on August 28, 2013, 05:40:56 PM
Had an appointment in Wallingford today. Mom and I stopped at the Wallingford Big Lots. Wow! What a dump. Plus they had an old school sign on the building. Anyone know what was there before?

I've been there myself, I think it was a supermarket at one point.



Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Ames Newington on August 28, 2013, 06:19:18 PM
I wonder when the Middletown store will open. It's weird how they are moving in to the old Foodmart.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: IGA/Kmart Is Forever! on August 28, 2013, 06:33:51 PM
Had an appointment in Wallingford today. Mom and I stopped at the Wallingford Big Lots. Wow! What a dump. Plus they had an old school sign on the building. Anyone know what was there before?
Was the Big Lots sign an old school sign where it was their old logo or was it some different kind of sign?


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on August 28, 2013, 07:14:58 PM
I wonder when the Middletown store will open. It's weird how they are moving in to the old Foodmart.

Not really that weird. They opened in the old Foodmart in Bristol in '03 or '04.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on August 28, 2013, 07:21:46 PM
Was the Big Lots sign an old school sign where it was their old logo or was it some different kind of sign?

It was their old logo. Similar to the one on the left here.

http://amesfanclub.com/forum/index.php?topic=438.msg3202#msg3202


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: standa on August 29, 2013, 06:17:41 AM
Had an appointment in Wallingford today. Mom and I stopped at the Wallingford Big Lots. Wow! What a dump. Plus they had an old school sign on the building. Anyone know what was there before?

The Wallingford Big Lots was at one time a Finast Super Center, later changing its name to Edwards and then becoming a Shaws for about one year, until Shaws opened their new store, which is now Shoprite.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: bubcolbert1952 on January 27, 2014, 11:27:06 PM
Unfortunately the Big Lots in Bristol PA (which seemed to be a perfect fit for the otherwise dead shopping center and community it was in) recently closed because the whole shopping center is being demolished for a freeway expansion. It seemed like work was being done on the former Giant down the street in Levittown though, which would seem to suggest Big Lots will reopen at that site. The old Big Lots, which opened in 2002 around the same time Giant moved to a new location, was a former Rickel hardware store. I guess the Big Lots suffered anyway though after the Pathmark next door closed, which was soon after the new Giant opened.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: TheFugitive on February 06, 2014, 12:48:57 PM
I was in their West Mifflin, PA location over the weekend (a former Hills store). 

First time in a long time.
It had been remodeled and given a new layout.  I liked it.   Much less cluttered and
chaotic than the old layout.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: bubcolbert1952 on February 08, 2014, 09:20:31 AM
Surprisingly the former Big Lots in Clementon NJ (which opened in the 80's as an early Big Lots) just had its street signs updated to the modern logo from 2001, but kept its old, faded sign with the words "bargains/closeouts" on the front. What's up with that?

Also, there was an Acme from the 70's across the street that closed in the 90's. It sat empty and rotting along with what once was a Grant City, then a Woolco but never became anything else afterward except a flea market and maybe a Halloween store next door. What's a shame is that the identical former Acme in Norristown PA has been a Big Lots for a long time and has preserved its Acme features perfectly, only replacing the fixtures that really needed to be changed. Considering the Big Lots in Clementon is tiny and selection is disappointing, I really was hoping they would move to the Acme site which would seem to be the perfect size, but it never happened. I guess it hurt that the much larger Woolco never became anything else. Kmart wasn't interested which is sad, and I was thinking Acme would have opened a more modern store at the Woolco site, but neither happened. And people say what killed Clementon as a good retail district was the opening of a shopping center in nearby Berlin in 1987, around the same time as the Big Lots opened in Clementon. Home Depot, ShopRite, and Rite Aid (Eckerd before them) all have stores in this center, but all are sorely small and out of date. And if only Home Depot had moved to the old Woolco site, ShopRite could have moved to the original Home Depot, and Eckerd/Rite Aid could have moved to the original ShopRite site.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on February 14, 2014, 05:43:03 PM
They rearranged things in the Bristol, Connecticut store during 2013. It still doesn't do a lot of business. I really like the store and I hope they don't close, but since the shopping center is in the process of be revitalized the landlord may tell them "Bye." The next closest one to me is in Waterbury (and it's much smaller). I don't get up to Waterbury as often as I go to Bristol. The 33,000 square foot anchor spot left vacant by the closure of Sears Appliance and Hardware is being filled by Hobby Lobby this summer. They're also taking the adjacent 17,000 Square Foot spot left vacant by the closure of The Salvation Army Thrift Store a few years ago. According to an article in the paper last week a restaurant and another store are looking into the plaza, which is why I saw it's in the process of being revitalized.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: MikeRa on February 21, 2014, 11:37:01 PM
Unfortunately the Big Lots in Bristol PA (which seemed to be a perfect fit for the otherwise dead shopping center and community it was in) recently closed because the whole shopping center is being demolished for a freeway expansion. It seemed like work was being done on the former Giant down the street in Levittown though, which would seem to suggest Big Lots will reopen at that site. The old Big Lots, which opened in 2002 around the same time Giant moved to a new location, was a former Rickel hardware store. I guess the Big Lots suffered anyway though after the Pathmark next door closed, which was soon after the new Giant opened.

wheres the freeway expansion at and whats the route number of a freeway?
It is the connection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (currently I-276) and I-95


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: retailisking on March 08, 2014, 05:05:18 PM
Big Lots has closed their store that was half of a former Bradlees at the Windham Mall in Windham, ME. The other half, which was the Windham Mall Cinema and Five Star Cinema, has reopened as Smitty's Cinema. This ex-Big Lots would make a great Ocean State Job Lot.
(http://s3-media2.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/EFgWAxaUK2wqkR-LiwOz0A/l.jpg)


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Stork of The Weak on March 12, 2014, 04:41:59 PM
What's up with Big Lots making so few changes to the buildings they move into? It's neat to see the historical remains of the tenants before them that closed, but I have to criticize Big Lots for not doing anything to give their stores a unique edge over the competition, and not making their stores visually memorable (to the average shopper, who probably has absolutely no interest whatsoever in store history). Relying on closeouts has probably also hurt Big Lots over the years. If the Big Lots concept could be applied to non-closeout stores, it would seem to be a huge success, and a serious threat to Walmart and Kmart. People these days seem to hate walking all over a huge store to find several necessity items under one roof, so Big Lots has an advantage over the big boxes.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: zonemad96 on March 14, 2014, 08:44:58 AM
What's up with Big Lots making so few changes to the buildings they move into? It's neat to see the historical remains of the tenants before them that closed, but I have to criticize Big Lots for not doing anything to give their stores a unique edge over the competition, and not making their stores visually memorable (to the average shopper, who probably has absolutely no interest whatsoever in store history). Relying on closeouts has probably also hurt Big Lots over the years. If the Big Lots concept could be applied to non-closeout stores, it would seem to be a huge success, and a serious threat to Walmart and Kmart. People these days seem to hate walking all over a huge store to find several necessity items under one roof, so Big Lots has an advantage over the big boxes.


I went to the Big Lots in the former circuit city located at 2980 Whiteford Rd, York, PA and it's the nicest big lots I have ever been in. Really wish more of their stores looked like this...

(http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s540/zonezilla/1blt_zpsce8fabbc.jpg) (http://s1304.photobucket.com/user/zonezilla/media/1blt_zpsce8fabbc.jpg.html)
(http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s540/zonezilla/3blt_zpsa56b2f6c.jpg) (http://s1304.photobucket.com/user/zonezilla/media/3blt_zpsa56b2f6c.jpg.html)
(http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s540/zonezilla/4blt_zps708d56ca.jpg) (http://s1304.photobucket.com/user/zonezilla/media/4blt_zps708d56ca.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Stork of The Weak on May 20, 2014, 07:23:27 PM
Big Lots just recently closed their store in Moosic, PA which is a shame because it was a former Acme from the 70's that had few or no changes at all done to it by Big Lots, which opened there in the late 80's. A Shur-Fine supermarket is supposed to open there soon, so while it's nice to see the store return to its supermarket roots, unfortunately it will be stripped of all its beautifully preserved Acme features.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Hudsons81 on July 17, 2014, 03:17:39 PM
A picture I took on January 5, 2013 of my nearest Big Lots in Southgate, MI. It has been unchanged from the 2008 photo that wiseguy93 posted on page 5 of this thread. This particular one opened sometime between 1997 (a phone directory from that year still listed a supermarket (not Kroger) at that location) and 2001 (when the current logo was introduced). This one only uses the current logo on the road sign, all other signs at this location still use the logo seen here.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: jason83080 on July 21, 2014, 08:12:00 AM

I went to the Big Lots in the former circuit city located at 2980 Whiteford Rd, York, PA and it's the nicest big lots I have ever been in. Really wish more of their stores looked like this...
~snip~

That "fake black back wall" must be the signature of taking over an electronics store, because there's a CompUSA-turned-Big-Lots that has the exact same wall (minus the writing - that must be new) in the back of their store. (They also left the metallic facade alone, only painting the red bits orange!)

(http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/71620591.jpg)


Title: Bangor, Maine Big Lots closing in January
Post by: retailisking on November 15, 2014, 10:11:09 PM
The Bangor Parkade store is only five years old; it's a former Linens 'n Things. The BDN does a pretty decent job of connecting the dots.
(http://static.bangordailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/10053861_H13974717-600x337.jpg)
http://bangordailynews.com/2014/11/13/business/bangor-big-lots-store-closing-after-holiday-season-company-official-says/


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on May 25, 2015, 11:28:23 AM
Just went to Big Lots in Bristol, CT for the first time in a few weeks. They added a Frozen Food/Refrigerated Food section.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Hudsons81 on March 28, 2016, 08:33:01 PM
An early Big Lots in Lincoln Park, Michigan, December 1989. This has since been demolished for the current Lincoln Park Post Office. Photos courtesy of the Downriver Things (https://www.flickr.com/photos/92760331@N04/) Flickr page.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1612/26104544255_c90b3bdc90_c.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1667/26012012182_ff3eafb565_c.jpg)


Title: Re: Bangor, Maine Big Lots closing in January
Post by: ShopKoFan on March 29, 2016, 03:57:18 PM
The Bangor Parkade store is only five years old; it's a former Linens 'n Things. The BDN does a pretty decent job of connecting the dots.
(http://static.bangordailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/10053861_H13974717-600x337.jpg)
http://bangordailynews.com/2014/11/13/business/bangor-big-lots-store-closing-after-holiday-season-company-official-says/
The Big Lots store in Green Bay, Wisconsin is also located inside a former Linens-N-Things (which was also previously a Vendors Galore, and before that, a Prange Way Discount Department Store.) located in Green Bay Plaza at the intersection of Military Avenue and Mason Street, behind Taco Bell, and next to TJ Maxx/HomeGoods.
(http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7154/6591345667_d392a9432a.jpg)



This location previously occupied a former Kohl's Food Store from 1992 to 2010 (now torn down with a strip mall and set to be replaced with the Stadium District development next to Lambeau Field) on Lombardi Avenue next to an (also torn down for the same development) Kmart store. (I used to work in the back of this Big Lots in high school in 2007 and 2008)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2734/4104829712_571d3714cb.jpg)


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: MikeRa on March 29, 2016, 07:26:47 PM
This location previously occupied a former Kohl's Food Store from 1992 to 2010 (now torn down with a strip mall and set to be replaced with the Stadium District development next to Lambeau Field) on Lombardi Avenue next to an (also torn down for the same development) Kmart store. (I used to work in the back of this Big Lots in high school in 2007 and 2008)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2734/4104829712_571d3714cb.jpg)
when i was in the Orlando area a couple o weeks ago, i noticed a lot of Big Lots using the older logo.   I didn't take any pics since I was in a moving vechile.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JimSawhill on April 23, 2016, 06:28:43 PM
There's a closed BigLots in a dead shopping center...The shopping center was built as a Woolco/KashNKarry in the 70s. The KashNKarry is mostly a thrift store while the Woolco is now Tampa Business Interiors. TBI and a church does the most business...even the ValuePawn doesn't do much business.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Brammy on October 01, 2017, 09:27:14 PM
Big Lots opened summer 2017 next to Hobby Lobby in East Haven, CT.

http://www.nhregister.com/business/article/Big-Lots-headed-to-Frontage-Road-in-East-Haven-11318124.php


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: jason83080 on October 04, 2017, 03:34:41 PM
I mentioned this over in the "Stores" subforum in the Ames section, but I'll share it here, as well. The old Big Lots on E Broad St over in Elyria, OH, is moving to a brand new location... Inside the former Ames on Cleveland St, which has been largely vacant since the company went out of business!

Here's a photo of the new store. The sign area is from the plaza owner refacing the whole thing with the intent on subdividing it. It didn't go well, since Dollar Tree (far left in my photo below) is the only thing left. The only other tenants to bite were RentWay, a Fast Cash Express Tax, and Best Cuts. Upon Big Lots taking over, I think the only thing left was Best Cuts.

(https://i.imgur.com/uoM2Qq4.jpg?1)

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Two edits: First, from what I heard, Big Lots purchased the entire strip, and the old Tops is going to be converted into their warehouse. How true that is, I don't know, but if it's true, then it's a heck of an upgrade. Second, here's a photo of the current store, in what is apparently an old Superstore-type Kroger building from the mid-'70s:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/otterphotos/4323636862/in/photostream/

I don't know what could move into the area next. The old DIY/Bookseller Video building across the parking lot is partially for sale (the Bookseller Video side), while the county owns the DIY building, which - ironically - still has the Enter and Exit signs up, and the green/yellow paint job. I'm sure the inside looks identical, except for the back wall that they had to replace when the roof collapsed a few years back, effectively killing the flea market that was leasing the building. That particular DIY was home to their discount substore, FrugalBees, which might be why it had the green/yellow paint job. When the flea market was there, I stopped inside one day, and I could see the different colored pillars from where FrugalBees was.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: MikeinBuffalo on October 13, 2017, 07:22:52 AM
The closest Big Lots to me used to be a Vix, and they did not do a very good job changing things around. Most of the Vix red color remains on the building.

I never liked shopping there, because it seems so generic and blah.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: MikeinBuffalo on November 10, 2017, 09:19:09 PM
(https://s33.postimg.org/fcydgguaz/1026171436.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fcydgguaz/)

This Big Lots has the old logo, and is inside what used to be a very small Tops. Still looks like a Tops on the inside.

It's attached to this. Can you guess what this used to be?

(https://s33.postimg.org/civ830zuj/1026171436a.jpg)[/url
 (https://postimg.org/image/civ830zuj/)


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JJBers on November 10, 2017, 11:01:21 PM
A Stop and Shop?
Ohhhhh, it's a Ames.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: MikeinBuffalo on November 11, 2017, 08:13:30 AM
A Stop and Shop?
Ohhhhh, it's a Ames.

 ;D


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: jason83080 on November 11, 2017, 09:17:18 PM
I went to our new Big Lots this afternoon for their official grand opening, and decided to peek back into their stockroom. Guess what I saw?

THE GREEN STRIPE! BRAND LOGOS! A+ GRAPHICS!

STILL THERE!

Oddly, the Dollar Tree next door didn't keep the Ames graphics for their stockroom, but Big Lots did! I was going to get a picture, but it was super busy in the store, and there were workers milling about, so I didn't want to angle my phone back into their stockroom to take a picture of the wall, but, if you're ever in the area, peek back and check it out!

I would've thought that, when they refaced the plaza, they would have gutted the inside. Evidently, they didn't! I also realized either how small Ames was or how large this Big Lots is, because BL encompasses most of the building.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JJBers on November 12, 2017, 12:19:49 AM
Here is the Big Lots from Norwich, this was a former Caldor before the mall was renovated into a strip mall:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37576567546_3a609d066b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof)
Norwichtown Commons (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
I would have a photo of the Big Lots in East Hartford, but it came out blurry, so instead enjoy this photo of the sign:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4555/38348429571_eac0be2748_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c)
Charter Oak Mall (East Hartford, Connecticut) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
It's in a sketchy area, so that's why.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Brammy on November 12, 2017, 06:50:50 AM
Here is the Big Lots from Norwich, this was a former Caldor before the mall was renovated into a strip mall:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37576567546_3a609d066b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof)
Norwichtown Commons (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr

After Caldor it was Bob's Discount Furniture for a few years before they moved to Niantic.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Brammy on November 12, 2017, 07:00:56 AM
Charter Oak Mall (East Hartford, Connecticut) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
It's in a sketchy area, so that's why.

I don't go to East Hartford very often, but it's been my observation that most of the city is sketchy. That's why even when I do get my own automobile I don't think I'm going to take my friend up on his offer to sit in on his radio show on La Mega, which has their studios on Burnside Avenue. He hosts 2 shows on the station - one that's mainly in Spanish and the other that's mainly in English. Obviously I would sit in on the show that he does in English.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JJBers on November 12, 2017, 10:45:37 AM
Here is the Big Lots from Norwich, this was a former Caldor before the mall was renovated into a strip mall:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37576567546_3a609d066b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof)
Norwichtown Commons (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr

After Caldor it was Bob's Discount Furniture for a few years before they moved to Niantic.
They also have a location just south of Taftville


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: MikeinBuffalo on November 13, 2017, 07:09:21 AM

It's in a sketchy area, so that's why.

There's an abandoned Wal-Mart by me that is the same deal. It's in pristine condition, but it's in the worst area of town and I'm sure I would interrupt a coke deal if I went shooting pictures.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JJBers on November 13, 2017, 08:06:50 AM
Charter Oak Mall (East Hartford, Connecticut) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
It's in a sketchy area, so that's why.

I don't go to East Hartford very often, but it's been my observation that most of the city is sketchy. That's why even when I do get my own automobile I don't think I'm going to take my friend up on his offer to sit in on his radio show on La Mega, which has their studios on Burnside Avenue. He hosts 2 shows on the station - one that's mainly in Spanish and the other that's mainly in English. Obviously I would sit in on the show that he does in English.
Yeah, my parents occasionally have training which mostly takes place in East Hartford. My mom blames the public transport, allowing most of Hartford to dump into the area.
And for any non-natives of CT, Hartford is the equivalent of Cleveland, the north end especially.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: jason83080 on November 19, 2017, 08:00:26 PM
Sorry for the low-quality photo, but this is the infamous green stripe that's still on the old-Ames back wall of our new Big Lots. Further down the back of the store, there's a second set of doors that reveal more of the stripe, as well as a portion of the wall that's been broken out that, I assume, was where Ames's back door was to their Receiving area. It's pretty nostalgic to see that stripe, but I thought it'd be higher up on the wall than it is. Also, I have to wonder how much of the back offices are in tact, since I could see one of the old Security Windows still in place...

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbnNUSyB3Pw/?taken-by=jasontakach


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JimSawhill on November 21, 2017, 06:56:32 PM
Here is the Big Lots from Norwich, this was a former Caldor before the mall was renovated into a strip mall:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37576567546_3a609d066b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof)
Norwichtown Commons (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
I would have a photo of the Big Lots in East Hartford, but it came out blurry, so instead enjoy this photo of the sign:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4555/38348429571_eac0be2748_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c)
Charter Oak Mall (East Hartford, Connecticut) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
It's in a sketchy area, so that's why.

JJBers, I have to disagree about  Charter Oak Mall being in a  sketchy area. I grew up East of the mall (Sunset Ridge Estates area) and it isn't bad. Of course, directly to the west is the lower middle class apartment complex, and south is the dead Silver Lane Plaza (my hangout was the Woolworths and JM Fields).

I know the town is not what is was back in the 70s and 80s, but it is an underrated town.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JimSawhill on November 21, 2017, 07:00:53 PM
Charter Oak Mall (East Hartford, Connecticut) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
It's in a sketchy area, so that's why.

I don't go to East Hartford very often, but it's been my observation that most of the city is sketchy. That's why even when I do get my own automobile I don't think I'm going to take my friend up on his offer to sit in on his radio show on La Mega, which has their studios on Burnside Avenue. He hosts 2 shows on the station - one that's mainly in Spanish and the other that's mainly in English. Obviously I would sit in on the show that he does in English.
Yeah, my parents occasionally have training which mostly takes place in East Hartford. My mom blames the public transport, allowing most of Hartford to dump into the area.
And for any non-natives of CT, Hartford is the equivalent of Cleveland, the north end especially.

True about Hartford...


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JJBers on November 21, 2017, 07:28:38 PM
Here is the Big Lots from Norwich, this was a former Caldor before the mall was renovated into a strip mall:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37576567546_3a609d066b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof)
Norwichtown Commons (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
I would have a photo of the Big Lots in East Hartford, but it came out blurry, so instead enjoy this photo of the sign:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4555/38348429571_eac0be2748_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c)
Charter Oak Mall (East Hartford, Connecticut) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
It's in a sketchy area, so that's why.

JJBers, I have to disagree about  Charter Oak Mall being in a  sketchy area. I grew up East of the mall (Sunset Ridge Estates area) and it isn't bad. Of course, directly to the west is the lower middle class apartment complex, and south is the dead Silver Lane Plaza (my hangout was the Woolworths and JM Fields).

I know the town is not what is was back in the 70s and 80s, but it is an underrated town.
I'm not sure, the abandoned cinema there has some crime issues, and that's directly across the street from the mall


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: Bdubs on December 06, 2017, 07:19:27 PM
Sorry for the low-quality photo, but this is the infamous green stripe that's still on the old-Ames back wall of our new Big Lots. Further down the back of the store, there's a second set of doors that reveal more of the stripe, as well as a portion of the wall that's been broken out that, I assume, was where Ames's back door was to their Receiving area. It's pretty nostalgic to see that stripe, but I thought it'd be higher up on the wall than it is. Also, I have to wonder how much of the back offices are in tact, since I could see one of the old Security Windows still in place...

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbnNUSyB3Pw/?taken-by=jasontakach

The Ocean State Job Lot in Jewett City still has the green stripe around their back room as well. They even use the old Ames register stations still, complete with the A+ logo on the sides of the lighted numbers still.


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JJBers on December 06, 2017, 07:26:48 PM
Sorry for the low-quality photo, but this is the infamous green stripe that's still on the old-Ames back wall of our new Big Lots. Further down the back of the store, there's a second set of doors that reveal more of the stripe, as well as a portion of the wall that's been broken out that, I assume, was where Ames's back door was to their Receiving area. It's pretty nostalgic to see that stripe, but I thought it'd be higher up on the wall than it is. Also, I have to wonder how much of the back offices are in tact, since I could see one of the old Security Windows still in place...

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbnNUSyB3Pw/?taken-by=jasontakach

The Ocean State Job Lot in Jewett City still has the green stripe around their back room as well. They even use the old Ames register stations still, complete with the A+ logo on the sides of the lighted numbers still.
There in October, took photos. (see the thread for Jewett City in Ames locations)


Title: Re: Big Lots
Post by: JimSawhill on December 22, 2017, 09:44:59 PM
Here is the Big Lots from Norwich, this was a former Caldor before the mall was renovated into a strip mall:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37576567546_3a609d066b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof)
Norwichtown Commons (https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJof) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
I would have a photo of the Big Lots in East Hartford, but it came out blurry, so instead enjoy this photo of the sign:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4555/38348429571_eac0be2748_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c)
Charter Oak Mall (East Hartford, Connecticut) (https://flic.kr/p/21qHJ5c) by JJBers (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/), on Flickr
It's in a sketchy area, so that's why.

JJBers, I have to disagree about  Charter Oak Mall being in a  sketchy area. I grew up East of the mall (Sunset Ridge Estates area) and it isn't bad. Of course, directly to the west is the lower middle class apartment complex, and south is the dead Silver Lane Plaza (my hangout was the Woolworths and JM Fields).

I know the town is not what is was back in the 70s and 80s, but it is an underrated town.
I'm not sure, the abandoned cinema there has some crime issues, and that's directly across the street from the mall

I wouldn't say the cinemas are across the street, because the Charter Oak Mall used to have the cinemas as part of their ads. The so called street is the driveway to the mall. Next to the cinemas is Nutmeg Village, which is not a nice neighborhood. My friend's dad built those apartments as an upscale complex. Now, it isn't upscale. East Hartford has great neighborhoods but also bad areas, too.


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