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Attention Bargain Hunters: Big Lots Grand Opening 17 New Stores Tomorrow, November 19

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Attention Bargain Hunters: Big Lots Grand Opening 17 New Stores Tomorrow, November 1908:00 EST Thursday, November 18, 2010Expansion will create hundreds of new jobsCOLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for holiday bargain shoppers, Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) will expand its presence in the United States with the grand opening of 17 new stores on Friday, November 19. With these new openings, Big Lots has passed the 1,400-store threshold while operating in all of the 48 contiguous states. "We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of 17 new stores tomorrow, representing one of the single largest days of store opening activity in the Company's history," said CEO Steve Fishman. "Adding new stores in these key markets will support local economies by creating new jobs while saving customers lots of money by providing some of the best deals available on a wide range of branded merchandise."The grand opening celebrations will include giveaways, Big Lots gift cards, and more. Each new store will also provide direct financial support to local schools through a contribution of $2,500. The new locations are:Ardmore, OK: 1211 N. Commerce StreetBrockport, NY: 6515 Brockport Spencerport Rd.Cedar Park, TX: 850 N. Bell Blvd.Columbia, MD: 6171 Columbia Crossing CircleExton, PA: 201 West Lincoln Hwy.Franklin, MA: 275 E Central St.Frisco, TX: 3333 Preston RoadJacksonville, FL: 9625 Crosshill Blvd.Lake City, FL: 2311 West US Hwy 90Madison Heights, MI: 32399 John R Rd.Manchester, CT: 1470 Pleasant Valley Rd.North Augusta, SC: 406 E. Martintown Rd.North Haven, CT: 380 Universal Dr. NorthRancho Santa Margarita, CA: 30501 Avenida De Las FloresSahuarita, AZ: 18705 S. I-19 Frontage RoadWorcester, MA: 7 Neponset St.West Deptford, NJ: 1075 Mantua PikeAbout Big Lots, Inc.Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is a Fortune 500 company with over 1,400 stores in 48 states. As the nation's largest broadline closeout retailer, Big Lots offers consumers a wide range of bargain-priced merchandise, including brand-name closeouts, seasonal products, consumables, furniture, housewares, toys, and gifts. The Company also sells merchandise through BIG LOTS WHOLESALE, CONSOLIDATED INTERNATIONAL, and WISCONSIN TOY, and www.biglotswholesale.comSOURCE Big Lots, Inc.For further information: Tim Johnson, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations, +1-614-278-3827