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Lorraine Mirabella | August 13, 2014
Big Lots has revamped its food department, adding name brand products and expanding the international assortment, the retailer said. The closeout retailer has 16 Baltimore area stores, in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties, according to its website. In addition to closeout items, Big Lots will offer an everyday selection of brands such as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Mike & Ike, Life Savers, Nutella, Miracle Whip, A.1. Sauce, Velveeta, Smucker's, Duncan Hines and Pillsbury.
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Pete Pichaske and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
The Linwood Boutique is a thrift store with a twist. Like most such stores, the historic Ellicott City shop sells used clothing, furniture, books and other donated items. But it uses the profits to provide employment and job-training skills to an often-neglected population that badly needs them: men and women with autism. The boutique is operated by the Linwood Center, an Ellicott City school for the autistic. Opened six years ago, the boutique is staffed by people with autism, a brain disorder that affects the normal development of social and communication skills.
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Eileen Ambrose | June 20, 2013
Big Lots, the closeout retailer, is opening a new store at Lutherville Station. The Ohio-based retailer is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new store at 130 W. Ridgely Road at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 28th. Big Lots buys closeout merchandise from manufacturers, then sells it at a discount. The company said its prices are 20 percent to 40 percent lower than at a discount store, and as much as 70 percent lower than at a traditional retailer. The chain has nearly 1,500 stores, which offer a wide range of goods, including toys, consumables, electronics and furniture.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 13, 2014
Big Lots has revamped its food department, adding name brand products and expanding the international assortment, the retailer said. The closeout retailer has 16 Baltimore area stores, in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties, according to its website. In addition to closeout items, Big Lots will offer an everyday selection of brands such as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Mike & Ike, Life Savers, Nutella, Miracle Whip, A.1. Sauce, Velveeta, Smucker's, Duncan Hines and Pillsbury.
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Eileen Ambrose | November 6, 2012
Big Lots announced it is opening a new store at the Kent Towne Market in Chester on Friday, Nov. 16th. The opening will kick-off with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. at the new store at 24 Kent Towne Market.  The Ohio-based retailer said it would also be donating $2,500 to Bayside Elementary School. Big Lots, which sells deeply discounted merchandise, has more than 1,450 stores nationwide.  
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer | August 18, 1993
Big Lots, a store that sells factory seconds, and Luskins, the Baltimore-area appliance giant, plan to move into part of the former Westminster Ames department store by the end of the year.The remainder of the store's space is being strongly considered by two Carroll County medical clinics, said Jerome Montford, partial owner of the 140 Village shopping center in Westminster."We expect to start working there [on site] within the next few weeks," Mr. Montford said of Big Lots. "I think they will add a lot to Carroll County and Westminster."
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July 11, 1997
PoliceWestminster: Employees at Big Lots in the 140 Village shopping center told police Tuesday that merchandise was stolen. The loss was estimated at $209.Pub Date: 7/11/97
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2001
At the Big Lots store in Dundalk, shoppers can pick up corn flakes for $2.49 or a recliner for $299. They'll find Christmas wreaths, Barbie dolls, crockpots and vacuum cleaners, all for less than they'd expect to pay elsewhere. That's why Dee Blankenship of Dundalk shops at the nation's largest closeout retailer. "It's affordable," said the mother of three, who was shopping in the toy department. "I buy stuff for my little son, and if he rips the wheels off, it's not the end of the world."
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Pete Pichaske and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
The Linwood Boutique is a thrift store with a twist. Like most such stores, the historic Ellicott City shop sells used clothing, furniture, books and other donated items. But it uses the profits to provide employment and job-training skills to an often-neglected population that badly needs them: men and women with autism. The boutique is operated by the Linwood Center, an Ellicott City school for the autistic. Opened six years ago, the boutique is staffed by people with autism, a brain disorder that affects the normal development of social and communication skills.
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By Garrison Keillor | June 19, 2008
Eighty-six percent of the American people believe the price of gasoline will climb to five bucks a gallon this year, a big shift in public opinion from a year ago, when most people felt that oil prices were spiking high and would soon return to normal - which is 35 cents a gallon, same as a pack of smokes - and we'd be able to head west in our Winnebagos for a nice summer vacation. This does not appear to be in the cards, and Winnebago stock has fallen about 50 percent in the past year.
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Lorraine Mirabella | February 10, 2014
Need a Twinkie fix? Now you can get one at 25 percent off. Big Lots stores are now serving as official Hostess Thrift Outlets, replacing the snack cake maker's closed thrift stores. The closeout retailer, which has stores throughout the Baltimore area, is selling Twinkies, CupCakes, Zingers, Fruit Pies,  Ho Hos and Donettes, among other items, at discounts of up to 40 percent. "The Thrift Outlets were extremely popular," said Big Lots CEO David Campisi. "We are thrilled to team up with this iconic brand and give customers a new destination to find outstanding savings on the products they know and love.
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By Andrew Conrad | October 13, 2013
Nothing happened ... You guys, I'm not talking about the Ravens' offense against the Packers, I'm talking about the Season 4 premiere of "The Walking Dead. " OK, so some stuff happened. Beth's new backpack boyfriend died. I like backpacks. They're actually better than those drawstring bags you see everywhere nowadays. Those are cool but they always break on me when I need them the most. A good place to get a utilitarian backpack is Five Below. They're not the highest quality, but just don't put like 30 pounds of stuff there and it'll hold up fine.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | June 20, 2013
Big Lots, the closeout retailer, is opening a new store at Lutherville Station. The Ohio-based retailer is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new store at 130 W. Ridgely Road at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 28th. Big Lots buys closeout merchandise from manufacturers, then sells it at a discount. The company said its prices are 20 percent to 40 percent lower than at a discount store, and as much as 70 percent lower than at a traditional retailer. The chain has nearly 1,500 stores, which offer a wide range of goods, including toys, consumables, electronics and furniture.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
Big Lots Stores Inc. has agreed to purchase inventory from the financially ailing Commerce Corp. for an amount expected to top $6 million, according to recent bankruptcy court documents. The entire proceeds are slated to go to M&T Bank, which was owed $17.9 million by Commerce in principal alone as of late February, court documents said. Creditors of Commerce filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition last month against the Curtis Bay-based distributor of lawn and garden supplies.
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Eileen Ambrose | November 6, 2012
Big Lots announced it is opening a new store at the Kent Towne Market in Chester on Friday, Nov. 16th. The opening will kick-off with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. at the new store at 24 Kent Towne Market.  The Ohio-based retailer said it would also be donating $2,500 to Bayside Elementary School. Big Lots, which sells deeply discounted merchandise, has more than 1,450 stores nationwide.  
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
Big Lots Inc. plans to open two Baltimore-area stores on Friday, the retailer announced Thursday. One store will open in Middle River, at 9977 Pulaski Highway. The other will be in Hanover, at Ridgeview Plaza on Annapolis Road. The Columbus, Ohio-based company, with more than 1,400 Big Lots stores in the United States, is the nation's biggest closeout retailer, selling discounted, brand-name merchandise such as housewares, toys and seasonal items. Lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com
EXPLORE
By Sharon Rydell | October 4, 2011
You could hear the beat of the drums all the way out on Reisterstown Road heralding the grand opening of Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet. Fellow members of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce, along with local politicos came to wish their newest member and business venture well. There were citations and congratulations all around as the ribbon cutting took place amid drums, cymbals, and a traditional Chinese Lion Dance. Then venerable host and Hibachi Grill general manager Jack Wang invited all to lunch.
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By Andrew Conrad | October 13, 2013
Nothing happened ... You guys, I'm not talking about the Ravens' offense against the Packers, I'm talking about the Season 4 premiere of "The Walking Dead. " OK, so some stuff happened. Beth's new backpack boyfriend died. I like backpacks. They're actually better than those drawstring bags you see everywhere nowadays. Those are cool but they always break on me when I need them the most. A good place to get a utilitarian backpack is Five Below. They're not the highest quality, but just don't put like 30 pounds of stuff there and it'll hold up fine.
EXPLORE
By Sharon Rydell | October 4, 2011
You could hear the beat of the drums all the way out on Reisterstown Road heralding the grand opening of Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet. Fellow members of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce, along with local politicos came to wish their newest member and business venture well. There were citations and congratulations all around as the ribbon cutting took place amid drums, cymbals, and a traditional Chinese Lion Dance. Then venerable host and Hibachi Grill general manager Jack Wang invited all to lunch.
NEWS
By Garrison Keillor | June 19, 2008
Eighty-six percent of the American people believe the price of gasoline will climb to five bucks a gallon this year, a big shift in public opinion from a year ago, when most people felt that oil prices were spiking high and would soon return to normal - which is 35 cents a gallon, same as a pack of smokes - and we'd be able to head west in our Winnebagos for a nice summer vacation. This does not appear to be in the cards, and Winnebago stock has fallen about 50 percent in the past year.
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