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What the company is doing

Hosted in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots is a retailer functioning in 47 countries and operating more than 1,400 Big Lot stores. It proposes solutions in all seasons - furnishing, decoration, and many more – together with friendly service, quality value, and cost-effective options.

The history of the brand

The company, which we know now as Big Lots, was founded by Sol Shenk in 1967. Shenk loved to make crazy closing deals, particularly with automobiles and vehicles of all kinds. In 1970, Consolidated International started operating as a corporation. The Odd Lots/Big Lots closeout chain was started in 1982 by Consolidated.

Business directions

Big Lot category of products encompasses food, consumables, soft and hard home products, appliances, toys, and equipment. Its food proposition contains drinks and food, snacks and departments for specialty food. The division of consumables comprises of the divisions of health, beauty, and cosmetics, chemical and pet services. The category of soft home items includes home décor, frames, mode bedding, organization of homes, and room rugs. Small machines, tabletops, food storage, greeting cards, and home service are included in the hard home category. The category of furniture consists of tapestries, mattresses, ready-to-assemble, and case products. The group of seasonal events includes the pond and garden, summer, Christmas, and other holiday categories. The group of appliances, toys, and accessories includes electronics, hosiery, Jewelry, and toys.

Key facts about the company

The business has been recognized for many of its features, especially for a range of recent developments in brick and mortar and online customer support. The factors included readiness for online shopping and in-store selection, online search, and shopping for in-store items, returns, and loyalty programs. The criteria list shows retailers and brands leading the way to integrated cross-channel shopping experiences (which could also happen in the same buying journey) to benefit the customer in many ways.

Big Lots has grown and raised its consumer experience in the last 18 months, offering various, simple ways to shop for almost any item. The dealer launched the Buy Internet Pickup In-store program in all 1,400 stores in 2019, and in 2020, along with the same-day delivery in cooperation with Instacart, they introduced curbside pickup. In July, Big Lots launched a Ship-to-Store with delivery from to allow consumers to order any available item at their local Big Lots store: from decorative accessories and snacks to furniture mattresses, all in one day.

The company also introduces ship-from-store capability through selected outlets, which allowed thousands of goods to be fulfilled more quickly. They have an integrated web and store capability to provide smooth returns, price coherence, and visibility for orders across platforms for a perfect online and on-site experience.

Mission and vision

Large Lots concentrates on giving its unprecedented value by surprise and delight. They build a community of "best places to work." Providing shareholders with stable growth and high-ranking returns. The company's mission is to support people to live big and save a lot.

Typical Hours of Operation

Tu 10:00 - 8:30
We 10:00 - 8:30
Th 11:00 - 8:30
Fr 9:00 - 4:00
Sa 10:00 - 4:00
Su 1:00 - 5:00

Locations: 1354 locations in 50 states and 1059 cities.


  • Consumer Electronics
  • Discount Stores
  • General Merchandise
  • Variety Stores

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