Can Big Lots be saved?

Can Big Lots be saved?

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Bee-lah

Paris, TX

#1 Oct 23, 2013
Everyone probably knows that Big Lots is closing, maybe around the end of the year...not sure of date. Why can't the city do something to keep them here? It is my understanding that they are not getting numbers at their current location with current inventory. They wanted to relocate to the former TCIM location so they could have a larger store and add furniture. The TCIM building needed new air conditioning units and the owner wants Big Lots to pay for them. This may or may not be true. I heard it directly from an employee. If it is true, can't the city intervene and do something to keep Big Lots in Paris? This seems like a petty reason to lose another business.
Texas born

Texarkana, AR

#2 Oct 23, 2013
Bee-lah wrote:
Everyone probably knows that Big Lots is closing, maybe around the end of the year...not sure of date. Why can't the city do something to keep them here? It is my understanding that they are not getting numbers at their current location with current inventory. They wanted to relocate to the former TCIM location so they could have a larger store and add furniture. The TCIM building needed new air conditioning units and the owner wants Big Lots to pay for them. This may or may not be true. I heard it directly from an employee. If it is true, can't the city intervene and do something to keep Big Lots in Paris? This seems like a petty reason to lose another business.
Would really hate to see them close.....love the store.
Really

Paris, TX

#3 Oct 23, 2013
Bee-lah wrote:
Everyone probably knows that Big Lots is closing, maybe around the end of the year...not sure of date. Why can't the city do something to keep them here? It is my understanding that they are not getting numbers at their current location with current inventory. They wanted to relocate to the former TCIM location so they could have a larger store and add furniture. The TCIM building needed new air conditioning units and the owner wants Big Lots to pay for them. This may or may not be true. I heard it directly from an employee. If it is true, can't the city intervene and do something to keep Big Lots in Paris? This seems like a petty reason to lose another business.
If it is true, it sounds like it would be greed on the part of the owner. Who can rent a building if the air doesn't work?
Bee-lah

Paris, TX

#4 Oct 23, 2013
Really wrote:
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If it is true, it sounds like it would be greed on the part of the owner. Who can rent a building if the air doesn't work?
That's how I see it, but maybe there's more to the story. The employee said they didn't know anything till last Wednesday. Employees are always the last to know and likely don't get the full story. It would make sense to oblige them with the A/C units if they are willing to sign a long-term lease. It seems like Sears would need some businesses in that area to provide some traffic flow. I'm sure a lot of people who go to Big Lots also go to Sears and vice versa.

“This too shall pass”

Since: Aug 09

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#5 Oct 24, 2013
Big Lots is an asset for people on limited finances. They can get food in there much cheaper than in grocery stores and I'm sure have grown to depend on it.
To me, it sounds just like more of the same ol', same ol'.
Would a property owner really rather see his buildings sit empty and deteriorate than spend some money on it that pays off in the long run? That's assuming the story is true.
All the businesses that are coming in are building new buildings, not moving into older already existing ones.
So now what

Paris, TX

#6 Oct 24, 2013
Who is the realtor landlord for that property???? Probably the same one that made us lose Hastings!!! Got greedy!! So much for helping his fair city!!!!!
cruising to thump head

United States

#7 Oct 24, 2013
There are big lotts in lots of other towns that are still open. The economy in Paris is depressed with so many people out of work. I knew they weren't not restocking when they had that 20% off everything in store. I'm sorry the dozen or so people I know who will also lose their job. My understanding of big lotts was it sold a lot of inventories of other stores up north that had went out of business at a lower price. Maybe those stores have stopped going out of business after they reach the level of the economy. Wall Mart pretty well sucks the breath out of anything in any town. Clarksville's 2 dollar stores are booming since Wall Mart left. I'm glad to see we now have the new Dairy which starts employees out at 18. an hour who have had some ag. education and experience. Every bit helps in these bad times.
I wonder

Paris, TX

#8 Oct 24, 2013
Bee-lah wrote:
Everyone probably knows that Big Lots is closing, maybe around the end of the year...not sure of date. Why can't the city do something to keep them here? It is my understanding that they are not getting numbers at their current location with current inventory. They wanted to relocate to the former TCIM location so they could have a larger store and add furniture. The TCIM building needed new air conditioning units and the owner wants Big Lots to pay for them. This may or may not be true. I heard it directly from an employee. If it is true, can't the city intervene and do something to keep Big Lots in Paris? This seems like a petty reason to lose another business.
You want the city to use my tax money to buy a/c units for a private company? I need a new unit at my house -- would you be for the city putting in a new unit for me?
Plain and Simple

Paris, TX

#9 Oct 24, 2013
I wonder wrote:
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You want the city to use my tax money to buy a/c units for a private company? I need a new unit at my house -- would you be for the city putting in a new unit for me?
exactly right. Not the tax payers problem.
Wondering

Dallas, TX

#10 Oct 24, 2013
The city has nothing to do with Big Lots. All the old buildings are on the side of town where there is no traffic. Most stores have a "standard" building they use when they build. Example is most Panda Express are the same floor plan.
Curious

Paris, TX

#11 Oct 24, 2013
I wonder wrote:
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You want the city to use my tax money to buy a/c units for a private company? I need a new unit at my house -- would you be for the city putting in a new unit for me?
I don't see where anyone said anything about the city using tax money to buy a/c units. When a business is about to close and leave Paris,you don't think PEDC or someone else should attempt to retain that business? It would be foolishness not to. They may at least be able to serve as a mediator between the store and the property owner.
Jimmy

Paris, TX

#12 Oct 24, 2013
Big Lotts and Wall Mart? Really?
How about Big Lots and Wal-Mart?
Old Employee

Paris, TX

#13 Oct 24, 2013
I was an employee there for along time; from the time it open until I left. I really enjoyed working at Big Lots! I hate that it's closing. I hope that they put something in that building worth having here. We need more grocery stores here besides Kroger's which is my favorite grocery store, Brookshire's, Save A Lot and Wal-Mart. There is already too many fast food places here. They need to make that whole business area a small mall with a grocery store that everyone can afford to shop at. Just my opinion!!
Steve

United States

#14 Oct 25, 2013
Curious wrote:
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I don't see where anyone said anything about the city using tax money to buy a/c units. When a business is about to close and leave Paris,you don't think PEDC or someone else should attempt to retain that business? It would be foolishness not to. They may at least be able to serve as a mediator between the store and the property owner.
Why didn't I think of that? "Attempt to retain" - good idea.
cash

Clarksville, TX

#15 Oct 25, 2013
cruising to thump head wrote:
There are big lotts in lots of other towns that are still open. The economy in Paris is depressed with so many people out of work. I knew they weren't not restocking when they had that 20% off everything in store. I'm sorry the dozen or so people I know who will also lose their job. My understanding of big lotts was it sold a lot of inventories of other stores up north that had went out of business at a lower price. Maybe those stores have stopped going out of business after they reach the level of the economy. Wall Mart pretty well sucks the breath out of anything in any town. Clarksville's 2 dollar stores are booming since Wall Mart left. I'm glad to see we now have the new Dairy which starts employees out at 18. an hour who have had some ag. education and experience. Every bit helps in these bad times.
dairy starts at 9.oo no insurance
Other Foot

Paris, TX

#16 Oct 25, 2013
Curious wrote:
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I don't see where anyone said anything about the city using tax money to buy a/c units. When a business is about to close and leave Paris,you don't think PEDC or someone else should attempt to retain that business? It would be foolishness not to. They may at least be able to serve as a mediator between the store and the property owner.
PEDC was not chartered to retain retail business. Haven't you been reading the news lately? How do you think they'll retain the business without spending money? Since you seem to know, why don't you volunteer to be a mediator between the store and the property owner? It would be foolishness for you not to.
Other Foot

Paris, TX

#17 Oct 25, 2013
Old Employee wrote:
I was an employee there for along time; from the time it open until I left. I really enjoyed working at Big Lots! I hate that it's closing. I hope that they put something in that building worth having here. We need more grocery stores here besides Kroger's which is my favorite grocery store, Brookshire's, Save A Lot and Wal-Mart. There is already too many fast food places here. They need to make that whole business area a small mall with a grocery store that everyone can afford to shop at. Just my opinion!!
Why don't you open up a grocery store that everyone can afford to shop at? You see the need, what are you doing to fill it? Who do you think "they" is? Why is it always "their" responsibility to do something?
Oh yeah

Paris, TX

#18 Oct 25, 2013
Other Foot wrote:
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PEDC was not chartered to retain retail business. Haven't you been reading the news lately? How do you think they'll retain the business without spending money? Since you seem to know, why don't you volunteer to be a mediator between the store and the property owner? It would be foolishness for you not to.
And when has not being chartered to do something stopped the PEDC?
just saying

Paris, TX

#19 Oct 25, 2013
Go to big-lots.com and voice your position. It may not effect the outcome of this store closing. But at least you have said your peace. On another note ,the people at that store and any other in the area appreciate the concern or support from the community. Everyone is having trying times, it is nice to know that neighbors are looking out for each other.
crusing to thump head

United States

#20 Oct 28, 2013
There not closing until the middle of January, and have tons of Christmas stuff they are going to mark down after christmas. I noticed today they were marking 1.50 cans of pringles down to 75c. Figure there will be some good bargins since they probably don't want to have a lot of stock come inventory time.

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