Big Lots opens its newest store in Grandview, Ohio

New Store Format Provides Fun and Engaging Shopping Experience

Columbus, Ohio, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots announced today (November 7, 2017) it is celebrating the grand opening of its newest store in Grandview, Ohio, on Thursday, November 9, 2017. The store reflects a new format showcasing the Ownable and Winnable merchandise categories of Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, and Consumables with prominent positioning in the store, and is part of a broader initiative to reposition the brand as a community retailer offering trustworthy value and friendly service.

“We’re proud to open a store in Grandview and serve the residents of the community,” stated David Campisi, CEO and President of Big Lots. “Columbus is one of two markets with the new store format which brings to life our brand principles, including our mission to serve everyone like family.”

As part of the grand-opening celebration, Big Lots will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 9 at the store located at 1451 West 5th Avenue, Columbus. Big Lots will make $5,000 donations to Grandview Heights High School, Edison Intermediate / Larson Middle School, and Stevenson Elementary School during the ceremony.

The Grandview store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

To learn more about Big Lots or set up an interview with a company representative, please contact Andrew Regrut at 614-278-6622 or email investor_relations@biglots.com.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a community retailer operating 1,428 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states, dedicated to friendly service, trustworthy value, and affordable solutions in every season and category – furniture, food, décor, and more. We exist to serve everyone like family, providing a better shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com.

Media Contact:

Andrew Regrut
(614) 278-6622
Investor_relations@biglots.com

Source: Big Lots, Inc.

Big Lots Give Big for Kids fall fundraising campaign raised $3.1 million dollars for Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Columbus, Ohio, 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots announced today  (November 1, 2017) the completion of the company’s fourth Give Big for Kids point-of-sale fundraising campaign benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The four-and-a-half-week campaign collected donation in all 1,426 Big Lots stores, raising an impressive $3.1 million dollars.

“Raising more than 3 million dollars during our fall campaign shows just how much our customers and associates care about helping kids all over the country,” said David Campisi, President and CEO of Big Lots. “One hundred percent of those dollars go directly to important research and life-saving care.”

Nationwide Children’s is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system, delivering world-class care for more than 1.4 million patient visits each year. The hospital treats children all over the world and from across the nation, providing more than $114 million in charity care and community benefit services each year. Doctors and researchers are revolutionizing children’s healthcare and research at Nationwide Children’s.

“Big Lots, the Big Lots Foundation and their customers and associates continue to show their immense generosity and compassion for the patients and families we treat and on behalf of everyone at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we could not be more grateful,” said Steve Allen, MD, CEO of Nationwide Children’s. “Big Lots is helping us fulfill our vision of delivering the best healthcare for children, as well as having a lasting impact on the long-term health of the children we treat across the globe.”

In addition to spearheading the Give Big for Kids campaign, on August 31, 2016, Big Lots together with the Big Lots Foundation announced a $50 million transformational gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to construct the largest behavioral health treatment and research center of it’s kind dedicated to children and adolescents on a pediatric medical campus in the U.S. This specific type of commitment by Big Lots represents the single largest corporate financial gift to support pediatric behavioral health. Slated to open in 2020, the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion will be a 386,000 square-foot treatment and research pavilion that will care for children and teens with mental illness and behavioral health challenges. It will also house behavioral health researchers and will foster collaboration between community partners.

To learn more about Nationwide Children’s Hospital, visit Nationwidchildrens.org.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a community retailer operating 1,426 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states, dedicated to friendly service, trustworthy value, and affordable solutions in every season and category – furniture, food, décor, and more. We exist to serve everyone like family, providing a better shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing,
healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America’ largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health–funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

Media Contact:

Andrew Regrut
(614) 278-6622
Investor_relations@biglots.com

Source: Big Lots, Inc.

Big Lots kicks off fundraising campaign to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Retailer Offers Donation Platform in All Stores and Online

Columbus, Ohio, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots (NYSE: BIG), announced today (March 30, 2017)  the relaunch of their national point-of-sale fundraising campaign to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in their efforts to provide care to children in all 50 states and over 50 different countries from around the world. Donations will be accepted March 30th through April 23rd through Big Lots stores and online with 100 percent of all proceeds raised going directly to support the hospital.

Nationwide Children’s is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system, delivering world-class care for more than 1.2 million patient visits each year. The hospital treats children all over the world and from across the nation, providing more than $97 million in charity care and community benefit each year. Doctors and researchers are revolutionizing children’s healthcare and research at Nationwide Children’s.

“Big Lots is enormously proud to continue this mission in conjunction with Nationwide Children’s and our generous customers,” said CEO David Campisi. “Thanks to their kindness and the hard work of our associates, we’re excited to support the lifesaving research and care that Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides. When customers visit our stores, they can pass on the money they save on our great merchandise, by donating as they check out. The Big Lots team is driven by this amazing opportunity to assist an organization that does so much good for so many.”

In addition to spearheading the Give Big for Kids campaign, on August 31, 2016, Big Lots together with the Big Lots Foundation announced a $50 million transformational gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to support their ground breaking plans for research, treatment, and care in the underfunded need of behavioral health. Our financial commitment represents the single largest financial gift of its kind to support pediatric behavioral health and with our support, the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is slated to open in early 2020. The 250,000-square-foot pavilion on the hospital’s main campus will foster collaboration with Nationwide Children’s research teams, as well as community partner agencies to help care for children and teens with behavioral health challenges and illnesses. To learn more about the Give Big for Kids campaign and make a donation online visit biglots.com/give4kids.

About Big Lots, Inc.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,432 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, Consumables, Hard Home, and Electronics, Toys & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com. To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit, contact the Big Lots Media Hotline at 1-877-614-1274. To donate please visit biglots.com/give4kids

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health–funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

Media Contact:

Colleen Cleary
1-631-921-5320
Colleen.Cleary@havasww.com

Source: Big Lots, Inc.

Big Lots raised $3.6 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital through its 2016 “Give Big for Kids” campaign

Customers Continue to Make a BIG Difference for Sick Children

Columbus, Ohio, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) announced today (Dec. 13, 2016) that its 2016 “Give Big for Kids” campaign raised $3.6 million for lifesaving pediatric research and care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a $1.4 million increase over last year’s campaign donation to the hospital of $2.2 million.

The six-week-long campaign offered customers and associates the opportunity to donate in-store and online to support Nationwide Children’s, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, but cares for patients from all 50 U.S. States and 41 countries. Funds raised will help benefit state-of-the-art facilities, revolutionary research and available lifesaving treatments.

The campaign also included shopping sprees for hospital patient champions representing Big Lots in seven markets across the country, including California, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. Patient champions are children who are being treated or have been treated at Nationwide Children’s and this year’s Big Lots patient champions had an opportunity to shop at their local Big Lots store for gifts to send back to patients at Nationwide Children’s to enjoy.

In addition to spearheading the Give Big for Kids campaign, on August 31, 2016, Big Lots together with the Big Lots Foundation announced a $50 million transformational gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This gift will support the construction of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. The 250,000-square-foot pavilion on the hospital’s main campus will foster collaboration with Nationwide Children’s research teams, as well as community partner agencies to help care for children and teens with mental illness and behavioral health conditions.

“On behalf of Big Lots, I want to express sincere thanks to our customers and associates and their generosity for making a tremendous difference in the lives of the many patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital through their kind donations,” said David Campisi Big Lots CEO and President. “Our patient champions continue to inspire the Big Lots community, and we are so thrilled to have exceeded our goal of $3 million for this year’s Give Big for Kids program. We look forward to continuing our support for the hospital through similar donation programs in the future and our commitment to the Behavioral Health expansion.”

To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit, contact the Big Lots media hotline at 877-251-0243 or visit BigLotsMedia.com.

About Big Lots, Inc.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, nontraditional, discount retailer operating 1,445 Big Lots stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare and education. For more information about the company, visit www.biglots.com.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health–funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

Media Contact:

Colleen Cleary
1-631-921-5320
Colleen.Cleary@havas.com

Source: Big Lot’s Inc.

Big Lots will host Q3 FY2015 results conference call on December 4, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) will host a conference call live at8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 4, 2015 to discuss third quarter fiscal 2015 results.

THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

WHAT: Big Lots, Inc. invites you to listen to the live audio webcast of its Third Quarter
Conference Call
DATE: Friday, December 4, 2015
TIME: 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time
WHERE: Big Lots is hosting the live webcast through the Investor Relations section of its website athttp://www.biglots.com. To listen to the call, click on the microphone link on the Investor Relations page at least 10-15 minutes before the broadcast begins.

If you are unable to join the live webcast, an archive of the call will be available at www.biglots.com in the Investor Relations section of our website after 12:00 noon Eastern Time and will remain available through midnight Friday, December 18, 2015. A replay of this call will be available beginning December 4 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time through December 18 by dialing 1.888.203.1112 (Toll Free USA/Canada) or 1.719.457.0820 (Toll International), and entering Replay Passcode 409848.

SOURCE Big Lots, Inc.

Andrew D. Regrut, Vice President, Investor Relations, 614.278.6622

Big Lots extends holiday hours

COLUMBUS, OHIO, 2015-11-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots is extending its “Black Friday” to offer great deals every day on seasonal décor, gifts and entertaining goods. Big Lots makes shopping easier by extending holiday hours and offering the best values of the season.

Big Lots will be open 7a.m. – midnight on Thanksgiving and Black Friday from 6 a.m. through 11 p.m. The store will be open from 8 a.m. through 11 p.m. for most of December and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. the week of Christmas.

“Big Lots is thrilled to be offering some of the best deals of the season with Black Friday Deals Every Day,’ said Andrew Stein, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer, Big Lots. “The holidays can be stressful, but with our extended store hours, and great deals every day in November and December, Big Lots makes shopping easier and fun, even for customers on a budget.”

With a fashionable assortment of furniture, home and seasonal décor, namebrand toys, and the best deals on Black Friday, Big Lots has everything customers need to make the holiday special for their friends and family.

Some of the Black Friday Every Day deals available in store this week are:

  • Buy any Serta mattress, get the matching box spring free
  • Android 7” Tablet $29
  • 20% off Pre-lit Urn Trees

Thanksgiving Day Deals

  • Select 2pc sectionals $589 (Save $110)
  • Simmons recliners $189 (save $96)
  • 2pc Vanity table with tri-fold mirror $99 (save $60)
  • 60” Console Fireplaces $389 each (save $110)

Three-Day Deals (valid Nov. 26-28)

  • Buy One, Get One 50% off Electronic Accessories, including ALL headphones & earbuds, ALL cell & tablet accessories, ALL cell & tablet chargers
  • Dyson $175
  • Radio Control Drone $24 (save 40%)
  • Buy One, Get One 50% off Toys, including Monster High Dolls, Fisher Price, Mega Bloks, Playdoh, WWE Action Figures and Marvel Avengers Action Figures

To learn more about Big Lots’ extended hours, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit this holiday season, contact Colleen Cleary at 631-921-5320.

*Big Lots stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine will not be open on Thanksgiving Day, per their respective state laws. Stores will open Friday at 1am, and the one-day only Thanksgiving deals will be available on Wednesday. Customers can check http://local.biglots.com/ to confirm the hours of their neighborhood Big Lots.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, nontraditional, discount retailer operating 1,463 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare and education. For more information about the company, visit www.biglots.com or call the Big Lots Holiday Hotline at 1-877-251- 0243.

Media Contact: Colleen Cleary 1-631-921-5320 Colleen.Cleary@havasww.com

SOURCE:  Big Lots, Inc.

Big Lots donates $2.2 million dollars to Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Columbus, Ohio, 2015-11-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (November 19, 2015), Big Lots is presenting a check to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for $2.2 million dollars, the amount raised by customers and associates of Big Lots during a five-week national point-of-sale donation campaign.

Big Lots offered in-store and online donation opportunities to support Nationwide Children’s and the lifesaving research and care that helps children around the country and the world. The program also included shopping sprees for patient champions Morgan Hood and Heaton Masoner at Big Lots stores in Dallas and Tampa. The gifts selected were provided to the hospital for children battling illness and experiencing extended stays.

“Our team of 35,000 associates rallied behind our campaign and Big Lots’ customers from all over the U.S. responded generously with donations to make a difference in the lives of children,” stated David Campisi, CEO and President of Big Lots. “This is an incredible example of the impact we will have through the Big Lots Foundation, and embodies the giving spirit of the holidays.”

Nationwide Children’s is one of America’s largest pediatric healthcare and research centers, delivering care for more than 1 million patient visits annually. In the last year alone, the hospital has treated children from 49 states and 41 countries while providing nearly $130 million in charity care and community benefit. Patients travel to access lifesaving treatments—many of which are unavailable anywhere else.

“On behalf of our patients, families and staff, we are honored and extremely grateful to Big Lots for this new philanthropic partnership and what it means to our mission to help children everywhere,” Steve Allen, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital said. We are deeply appreciative to the Big Lots associates and customers who graciously supported the hospital.”

To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit, contact the Big Lots Media Hotline at 1-877-614-1274.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, nontraditional, discount retailer operating 1,463 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare and education. For more information about the company, visit www.biglots.com.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked 9th of only 12 children’s hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015- 16 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a medical staff of 1,100 and nearly 10,000 employees providing state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

Media Contact: Colleen Cleary
1-631-921-5320
Colleen.Cleary@havasww.com

Big Lots launches exclusive line of pet products featuring the American Kennel Club brand, AKC® Select

Retailer strives to keep dogs happy and healthy with products including treats, collars and more

Columbus, Ohio, 2015-6-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots is proud to announce the launch of AKC® Select, an exclusive line of pet products featuring the American Kennel Club brand. This new premium line of merchandise, along with our current pet product offerings, will provide dog owners with an exceptional value when shopping Big Lots First.

“Dog lovers know dogs are part of the family,” said Richard R. Chene, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer. “We are excited to support the American Kennel Club, the leading authority on all things dogs, to offer our customer high-quality products and show her that she can depend on Big Lots for all of her dog’s needs.”

To celebrate the launch of AKC® Select, Big Lots created an online video campaign pairing cuddly puppies and adorable babies as they face off in the ultimate battle of cuteness. Each spot ends with a call for viewers to vote via #TeamDoggies or #TeamBabies on who won the cuteness battle: www.youtube.com/biglots.

The AKC® Select line of products will feature a large range of dog toys and treats along with other dog accessories such as collars, leashes, beds and grooming supplies ranging in price from $3.50 to $15.00. The AKC® Select line is now available in Big Lots stores across the United States. For additional information or to view the product line, visit www.BigLots.com/akc-select.

The American Kennel Club has long been the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to purebred dogs and is the largest purebred dog registry in the world. AKC is dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership and enriching the lives of all dogs through its programs, events, and services.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, nontraditional, discount retailer operating 1,461 Big Lots stores in 48 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. For more information, visit www.biglotsmedia.com

About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKCregistered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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Media Contact:
Katie Snyder
1-877-614-1274
Katie.Snyder@havasww.com

Find brand name gifts at incredible bargains at Big Lots

COLUMBUS, OHIO, 2014-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots knows that no matter how much shoppers prepare for the holidays, they may find themselves out of gift ideas and turning to gift cards. But with Big Lots’ help, shoppers don’t have to give random or impersonal gift cards. Big Lots is the ultimate destination for gift shopping done right, a place where shoppers can be inspired to give thoughtful, real gifts to everyone on their list—at incredible bargains.

With its Create a Basket department, Big Lots makes it easy to design a personalized gift basket. Customers can build deluxe themed baskets that anyone will love, whether it’s a spa basket for a child’s teacher or a gourmet food basket for the mailman. These hand-picked Christmas baskets are simple,
personalized gifts that will brighten anyone’s holiday.

“Big Lots understands that moms want everyone to feel special during the holidays,” stated Andrew Stein, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer, Big Lots. “Creating personalized experiences through our Create a Basket program allows Mom to purchase brand-name fragrances, toys or seasonal items and deliver an individual, hand-picked gift any time she wants, even at the last minute.”

Big Lots has brought #StandUpMom back to deliver funny and truthful thoughts on the holidays. They deliver with a real mom panache and a comedic wink that celebrates how Mom does the heavy lifting to make the holiday season the pinnacle of the year’s family festivities. And #StandUpMom knows she can count on Big Lots for everything to make the holiday shine—from what’s on the table to what’s under the tree.

With fewer than 24 days to Christmas, Big Lots has extended its shopping hours. Starting Dec. 5, customers will be able to shop as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours vary by location. Customers can check the store locator to confirm the hours of their neighborhood Big Lots.

Big Lots stores will be closed for Christmas to allow its associates the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with their families. They will reopen at 8 a.m. on Dec. 26.

To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit this holiday season, contact the Big Lots Media Hotline at 1-877-614- 1274.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, nontraditional, discount retailer operating 1,496 BIG LOTS stores in 48 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture & Home Décor, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics &
Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. For more information, contact MediaRelations@biglots.com or visit www.biglots.com

Media Contact: Colleen Cleary—(631) 921-5320

Big Lots survey: Americans focus on holiday discounts and everyday deals as this season’s shopping strategy

COLUMBUS, OHIO, 2014-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Americans’ confidence gives Big Lots the edge during this holiday season. Customers are now focused on deals every day and throughout the entire Thanksgiving week. In addition to heeding the call of Black Friday sales, customers are choosing to shop in-store on Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. It’s their confidence in making the best-informed decisions for their budgets that influence their holiday shopping, according to a recent nationwide survey.

“Just being open on Thanksgiving or announcing Black Friday deals will not win over customers during the holiday season,” stated Andrew Stein, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer, Big Lots. “Big Lots is proud to offer great deals and an easy shopping experience every day.

Our customers are smart shoppers and rely on us for everyday basics as well as great gifts at incredible prices. Whether they are shopping early or picking up last-minute items, customers want to know they were able to get the item they wanted at a great price.”

A nationwide survey of more than 1,100 people, commissioned on behalf of Big Lots, found that almost half (46 percent) of shoppers do not shop on Black Friday confirming recent data released by Adobe System, Inc., that retailers’ largest price discounts were on Monday before Thanksgiving and the season’s lowest prices were on Thanksgiving Day.

Proving what most analysts believe, customers will see a move to early and deeper discounts this holiday season. As a reflection of this trend, from now through Christmas, customers can shop Big Lots Toy Clearance Blowout with 50 percent off of already low prices including hundreds of major brands along with Barbie™, Fisher Price™, Hot Wheels™ and Hasbro® board games.

In addition to everyday deals, Big Lots customers can find great prices during Thanksgiving week on entertaining prep and gifts such as seasonal décor, small kitchen appliances, recliners, sofas, mattresses, toys and electronic accessories.

As the survey indicated, Americans enjoy the holiday shopping experience, with more than 80 percent of respondents confirming they enjoy shopping for gifts while 42 percent take pleasure in “wowing” their friends and family with their gift-giving.

Other key findings include:
• For most, budgets will determine how much is spent (37 percent); while budgets will not impact or limit gift-giving for others (23 percent).
• Although more than 76 percent give gifts because they really want to, there is a small sense of ambivalence (22 percent) on the size of the gift.
• Women shop more stores (3.2) versus men, who shop fewer stores (2.9).
• The Pacific Northwest shopper visits the most stores (3.4) as compared to the
Southwest shopper, who shopped the least number of stores on Black Friday (2.9).

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,496 BIG LOTS stores in 48 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture & Home Décor, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. For more information, contact visit
www.biglotsmedia.com

Media Contact: Colleen Cleary—(631) 921-5320

Big Lots launches fresh national holiday television and online campaign aimed at bringing the fun and family back into Christmas

Big Lots Brings the Fun Back to Christmas with Original Holiday Tunes

COLUMBUS, OHIO, 2014-11-6— /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots is launching a fresh national holiday television and online campaign aimed at bringing the fun and family back into Christmas. The campaign features four original songs—with one in Spanish—that will stand out from the competition and have customers singing all holiday season. The spots feature a singing trio that includes “America’s Got Talent” finalist Deanna DellaCioppa, a Boston native who has performed with such musical legends as Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross.

Big Lots knows Moms make the holidays happen and is celebrating them with this new campaign. From nailing entertaining and décor, to giving the most thoughtful gifts ever gifted, Big Lots acknowledges that Mom does the heavy lifting to make the holiday season the absolute best it can be.

“Big Lots understands Christmas doesn’t just happen – Mom works hard to make Christmas special for her family and friends, and we help her make it great,” said Andrew Stein, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer, Big Lots. “From food, seasonal décor, unique gifts, and brand-name toys, Big Lots covers everything on her list at amazing values that other stores just can’t match. It all
translates to less time spent shopping and more time spent enjoying the holidays with her friends and family.”

The first commercial in the campaign launched on Nov. 1 and highlights how Big Lots helps Moms nail the holiday season. The campaign, which was created by Chicago-based O’Keefe, Reinhard & Paul, will be refreshed before Black Friday, when Big Lots will be home to “the Black Friday-est Black Friday of all,” with low prices on in-demand products. Then in December, Big Lots will focus on real gifts. Find the perfect real gift for your family members, friends, favorite teacher, dog walker, babysitter and more at Big Lots.

Committed to providing the lowest prices with the best value every single day, Big Lots offers customers the assurance that they are getting the best prices with Big Lots’ Price Promise. And for customers who are entertaining this holiday season, Big Lots offers value and convenience with Furniture Leasing.

To view the new campaign visit: https://www.yout ube.com/watch?v=Yle5MgVG8ww

To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit this holiday season, contact Colleen Cleary at (631) 921-5320.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,496 BIG LOTS stores in 48 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture & Home Décor, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. For more information visit www.biglotsmedia.com

Media Contact: Colleen Cleary—(631) 921-5320

Big Lots opens its newest store located in the Columbia Park Center at 3129 North Kennedy Boulevard

Rivera to Make Appearance and Sign Autographs at North Bergen Store Grand Opening

NORTH BERGEN, N.J., 2014-10-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots announced today the grand opening celebration of its newest store at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014. The 23,314 square-foot North Bergen, N.J., store is located in the Columbia Park Center at 3129 North Kennedy Boulevard.

In addition to Mariano Rivera’s appearance, the grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration will feature Big Lots presenting a $2,500 donation to McKinley Elementary School. “We are excited to join the community and support the children of McKinley Elementary School,” said David Campisi, Chief Executive Officer and President of Big Lots. “We look forward to being a good neighbor of North Bergen for years to come.”

Iconic baseball hero Mariano Rivera will kick off the store opening with an autograph session from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, October 17. Rivera is best known for his role as a New York Yankee, where he spent 17 seasons on the mound as a relief pitcher.

“What better way to celebrate our new store in North Bergen than by welcoming New York Yankee great Mariano Rivera to join us on this special day,” remarked Campisi.

Big Lots is known for offering customers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience filled with great products at amazing values. The Fortune 500 retailer features crazy good deals and low prices on name brands and quality merchandise—from everyday food and consumables to seasonal, home décor, electronics, toys and furniture—along with a team of associates dedicated to exceptional customer service.

The new North Bergen store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative, or arrange a store visit, contact Colleen Cleary at (631) 921-5320.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,497 BIG LOTS stores in 48 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture & Home Décor, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. For more information, contact MediaRelations@biglots.com or visit www.biglots.com.

Media Contact: Colleen Cleary—(631) 921-5320

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