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How we got here

In 1967, Sol Shenk founded Consolidated International, Inc. - the company that is now Big Lots. He's considered one of the true visionaries in the discount retail marketplace.

The Art of the Deal

The Art Of The Deal

Sol Shenk founded the company in 1967 that is now Big Lots. Shenk loved making crazy closeout deals, particularly on auto parts and all kinds of vehicles. In 1970 the company began operating as Consolidated International. Consolidated launched the Odd Lots/Big Lots closeout chain in 1982. Over the years the chain grew to include stores doing business as Big Lots, Odd Lots, Mac Frugal’s Bargains * Closeouts, and Pic ‘N’ Save.

One Name Says It All

One Name Says It All

In 2001 our array of store names and company identity were converted to a single national brand: Big Lots. For our customers, a common national brand represents consistency and buying power. And for our 35,000 associates, the Big Lots name reinforces a shared company culture from coast to coast.

Big Lots Our History 1994

Big Lots Today

From our closeout store roots to our entrance into discount retailing, our core purpose of helping people save money on all kinds of products has stayed the same. But the needs of our customers have expanded dramatically. Today we offer an extensive assortment of brand-name items and quality products, including food, furniture, seasonal items, electronics and accessories, home décor, toys, and gifts. Our customers may be on a tight budget, or they may just enjoy our treasure-hunt atmosphere. Either way, they love our mission of: Surprises in every aisle, every day.

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