Monday, March 19, 2007

Big Lots closing Grand Forks store

Grand Forks' Big Lots store is apparently closing its doors after several years in the Grand Cities Mall. The store, which occupies a portion of the mall's old Sears store, is being closed due to a corporate realignment.

According to a national marketing manager for J. Herzog & Sons (which owns the Grand Cities Mall), the Big Lots chain is reducing their Midwestern operations. During the past two years, most Big Lots store throughout the Midwest have closed, including the Fargo location. After this realignment has been completed, the chain will have shuttered 174 Big Lots stores.

I'm sad to see the local Big Lots store close. I shopped there rather frequently...not that I ever bought much...oh wait...I guess that's the problem.

I wonder what the Grand Cities Mall will find to fill that space? Any ideas?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Starbucks has already purchased the space.

Matthew said...

That's one bigass Starbucks.

ben said...

that sucks! I actually did buy a fair amount of items at that store...but obviously not enough to keep it going. From what I understand, though...when those re-alignments happen, the individual store's profit margin doesn't really matter.

GrandForksGuy said...

I think anonymous was kidding about Starbucks going in there. I have heard that a Starbucks will be going into the new University Village strip mall, but I'm not sure if that will really be the case. I can't pick out any drive-thru window on the strip mall...can any of you?

Vaughn said...

Now where will I buy my Jerry Van Dyke sponsored items?

Anonymous said...

Another place leaving G.F. This town stinks!

GrandForksGuy said...

"Another place leaving G.F. This town stinks!"

You should read the whole post before making this into another "I hate Grand Forks" excuse. Big Lots is closing almost all midwestern stores...the Fargo store has been closed for a couple of years now...the GF store actually held on longer.

Anonymous said...

AS a former Big Lots employee, I can tell you that the company has shifted focus on profitability, and fuel costs have hit the company quite hard, and actually the Fargo store only closed last year, which was a sign to most that Grand Forks would follow there after, it is indeed sad but was bound to happen. Also this was not part of the orginally allignment from what I know and was just a recently made decision

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice how terribly unorganized they were. I mean come on now, diapers next to food, toys next to kitchenware it was pathetic!

Anonymous said...

As a Candian that was one of the reason of driving so many miles to go shopping. But I would not worry to much, more Canadians will be shopping more in your stores since, since our money is equal and your prices are 30-50% lower than ours.