BARTLESVILLE — Representatives from Bartlesville joined dozens of community members to celebrate the grand opening of the new Big Lots store in Eastland Shopping Center Friday morning.
Several area residents made their way to the store bright and early for the opening day festivities, which included a ribbon cutting ceremony and giveaways for the first 50 customers in line.
“We’re really proud and excited to be in the community,” Big Lots District Manager Robert Green said.
The spacious store reflects a new format, which is part of a broader initiative to reposition the brand as a community retailer offering trustworthy value and friendly service.
Green said he was proud to bring the big-box retail chain’s new “store of the future” concept to the area, which places an increased focus on its furniture offerings. It is the largest Big Lots store in Oklahoma.
‘We call this the store of the future. It has an open, inviting feel when you go into the store, and there’s plenty of room to maneuver and shop,” Green said.
Bartlesville City Mayor Dale Copeland said a renaissance has happened in Eastland Center.
“Bartlesville has worked really hard to bring back retail, strengthen it and expand it. This is a terrific day. The weather has cooperated, and it’s a beautiful looking store,” Copeland said.
Bartlesville Area Habitat for Humanity was chosen to be the first in the store’s charitable partners program. Through the partnership, the Bartlesville Big Lots store will donate $5 to the organization for every customer who redeems a reward through its Big Rewards program until July 20.
“We’re really excited to partner with them. They’re the true heroes for what they do,” Green said.
Bartlesville Area Habitat for Humanity board president Donna Murguia said the non-profit is grateful for the partnership.
“We’re just absolutely thrilled that Big Lots blessed us to be partners with them and the donations you’re going to give by using that rewards card and giving back to the community,” Murguia said. ” You help us build for needy families, so thank you. We’re truly blessed.”
The new store, located at 564 SE Washington Boulevard, was previously occupied by Hobby Lobby before the arts and chain store expanded to a renovated building nearby in Eastland Shopping Center.