SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — The Big Lots store will celebrate its newly remodeled interior at 8 a.m. Friday with a ribbon cutting.
The store, 2466 W. Prospect Road in the Saybrook Plaza, boasts new floors, paint and fixtures. The store remained open throughout the refurbishment, employees said.
One of the goals of the new design is to be "of the future with a family-like atmosphere," according to its website.
“It brings to life our new brand traits and showcases our product assortments of affordable solutions in furniture, seasonal, home, food and consumables," Steve Haffer, senior vice president chief customer officer of Big Lots, said in a press release.
The first 50 customers on Friday and Saturday will receive a reusable tote bag filled with edible treats from Big Lots.
Shopper Linda Lee, 60, of Ashtabula, said she loves Big Lots.
"I'll be in line Friday," she said. "I always get my seasonal decorations at Big Lots."
Geneva resident Barney Green, 75, said he's bought several pieces of furniture at Big Lots.
"People say, 'Where did you get that nice recliner?'" he said. "They are always surprised when I say, 'Big Lots!'"
Big Lots' new look reflects a new format with a greater emphasis on furniture and a more consistent mix of merchandise.
The Ashtabula County Medical Center Foundation also will be on site Friday for the celebration. The Foundation has been named the Big Lots Charitable Partner for the opening month, said Meghan Miller, development and events specialist for the ACMC Foundation.
“We’re grateful to be partnering with Big Lots and their customers,” said Tammy Netkowicz, executive director of ACMC Foundation. “Funds raised during this program will support our ‘Children’s Smiles’ program which aims to help bring comfort and ease fears for young pediatric patients during some tests and treatments. This is a meaningful way for Big Lots to give back to the Ashtabula community.”
The Ashtabula store's remodeling is part of a multi-year, market-by-market revamp of the Westerville, Ohio-based chain of more than 1,400 stores in 47 states, according to Big Lots' website.