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New Big Lots store to open this summer


A Big Lots sign hangs on a building at 4080 E. Blue Grass Rd. on Jan. 10, 2020.

After more than 15 years without a Big Lots store, one is opening in Mount Pleasant later this year.

According to Big Lots, Inc., the resale store is tentatively scheduled to open in July. Although there is no merchandise plan for the specific location yet, most Big Lots stores in the area feature furniture, pantry foods and more recently, cooler sections. 

The store will be located at 4080 E. Blue Grass Rd. Big Lots is replacing Kroger, which closed in May 2019. 

A permit application was filed with the Charter Township of Union on Dec. 16. and there is no word on whether or not it has been approved. 

According to Union Township Planner Peter Galliant, an application for a demo permit was filed to complete some demolition on the interior of the building.

"The property is zoned as a B-5, which is a highway business district," Gallinat said. "Big Lots stores is a permitted use retail (business) – the use is permitted and building, parking and things needed for zoning are already there and exist." 

In 2004, the Big Lots store located at 4146 E. Blue Grass Road closed due to leasing issues and was replaced by T.J. Maxx in 2005.