Big Lots reopens in Port Orchard

Big Lots, a Fortune 500 retail company that sells overstock and closeout merchandise is returning to Port Orchard with a new store in the Bethel Avenue shopping area.

The store features various products that consumers might find at retail chains or discount stores, but at cheaper prices. It also sells items that are available only on a limited time basis when a surplus of the item is available.

As with other store openings around the nation, Big Lots will present East Port Orchard Elementary School with a $2,500 check at a ribbon cutting ceremony, held at the new location, 3399 Bethel Rd. S.E, on  Friday Sept. 21 at 9 a.m.

"It's to thank Port Orchard for inviting us to their community," Big Lot spokesperson Toni Fink said.

The company opened 92 stores last year across the nation promising deep discounts on merchandise that manufacturers, wholesalers and closing retailers are looking to unload. Big Lots is expected to employ 45 people in various positions in Port Orchard. The previous Port Orchard location closed six years ago.

Customers shopping at the new Port Orchard location may find, from time-to-time, low-price deals on gazebos, portable tables, tents, gas grills or maybe even a new recliner chair, among many other products that Big Lots obtains from more than 3,000 manufacturers.

“We'll always have consumable products, such as health and beauty, shampoo, laundry detergent, but you will be able to find new items,” Fink said. “Because of our relationship with numerous manufacturers, it allows us to get these great deals and pass them on to the consumers.”

"Over the years, we had so many requests from loyal customers to come back," Fink said. "We knew that Port Orchard would be a viable market for us. We just needed to find the right piece of real estate and we are now happy to be back."

Mayor Tim Matthes is excited about the return Big Lots to Port Orchard. According to Matthes, more than 35 percent of the city's operating revenue comes from the sales tax that goes into the general fund.

"It's a big deal," Matthes said. "A couple of businesses have recently left Port Orchard. We don't like to see businesses having hard times and it is very discouraging when any business does not stay afloat. I'm so glad Big Lots is here."

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