Big Lots is opening several new stores – and that means freebies for shoppers.

The company is in the process of moving stores or remodeling existing ones in at least three locations in the central San Joaquin Valley: Clovis, Fresno and Tulare.

The stores will be Big Lots’ “store of the future” concept we told you about last month that’s bigger and has an increased focus on furniture. The new stores will also sell mattresses, lease and deliver furniture, and have fresh dairy and frozen food sections.

The Clovis store is leaving its existing location at 456 W. Shaw Ave. in Clovis. The store’s last day is Wednesday, Oct. 31.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, the store will reopen in its new location at 1155 Shaw Ave. in Clovis, in the former Rite Aid and Tuesday Morning stores across from Sierra Vista Mall.

The free stuff doesn’t come until its grand opening Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10. A ribbon cutting starts at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9.

The first 50 shoppers on both days will get a reusable shopping bag filled with “tasty treats,” the company said. The store officially opens at 9 a.m. but will let people in at 8:45 a.m. that day.


Graphic logo for retail chain Big Lots.

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It will also kick off a donation program in which Big Lots donates $5 to the Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County each time a BIG Rewards loyalty club redeems a reward over the next six weeks.

The Tulare store at 1675 Hillman St. isn’t moving, but is being remodeled. It also celebrates its grand opening on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10.

The store will also have a ribbon cutting at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9 and will be doing the same giveaways to shoppers. The store also officially opens at 9 a.m. and will let people in at 8:45 a.m. that day.

Its donation program will benefit Food Link Tulare County.

That leaves the West Shaw Avenue Big Lots store in Fresno, which is moving to the former Toys R Us space at 3520 W. Shaw Ave.

That store doesn’t have a grand opening date set yet, but the company is aiming for mid December, according to a Big Lots spokeswoman.

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