BIG LOTS TO CELEBRATE NEW TAMPA, FL STORE GRAND OPENING WITH A DONATION TO THE CHILDREN’S HOME NETWORK

Columbus, OH—(September 17, 2018)—Big Lots announced today it is celebrating the grand opening of its Tampa store in its new location on Friday, October 5, 2018. This store will reflect a new format, which is part of a broader initiative to re-position the brand as a community retailer offering trustworthy value and friendly service. As part of the celebration, Big Lots will host a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on October 5. The first 50 shoppers entering the store on October 5 and October 6 will receive a reusable shopping bag filled with tasty treats from Big Lots. In addition, the company will kick off donation program benefiting the Children’s Home Network. Big Lots will donate five dollars to the local charitable organization each time a BIG Rewards loyalty member redeems their rewards at the Tampa store over a six-week period (October 5-November 17).

“We are excited to introduce our new store format to Tampa,” stated Steve Haffer, senior vice president chief customer officer of Big Lots. “It brings to life our new brand traits and showcases our product assortments of affordable solutions in Furniture, Seasonal, Home, Food, and Consumables. We are also very proud to serve alongside the Tampa community with our support of the Children’s Home Network.”

The new store, located at 12601 Citrus Plaza, Tampa, FL 33625, will be a showcase for the continued roll out of a new store layout and design across all Big Lots stores, both in new builds as well as in redesigns at existing locations. Big Lots will host local dignitaries, representatives from the Children’s Home Network and other community guests at the ribbon cutting.

To learn more about Big Lots or set up an interview with a company representative, please contact Shannan Bunting, (312) 493-0479.

About Big Lots, Inc.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a community retailer operating more than 1,400 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.

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