The Herald Bulletin

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Local Business

July 8, 2014

Customers pleased with new location of Big Lots

Discount store moved to Southtown Center in June

ANDERSON, Ind. — Natalie Reese said a discount store’s new location is “amazing.”

Reese, 20, of Anderson, was shopping at the new Big Lots, 4358 S. Scatterfield Road, at Southtown Center, a week after the store moved to its new location.

“It is more convenient and I think it makes our town look so much more organized like Noblesville,” she said. “Everything is all together and I love that.”

Eric Wilbur, a store manager for Big Lots, said the new location is four minutes south of its former address at River Ridge Plaza.

Big Lots first opened in Anderson on the city’s west side in Edgewood Plaza, but in 2002, the store relocated and expanded its sales inventory to a larger building in River Ridge Plaza across from Mounds Mall on Scatterfield.

The retailer moved out of the River Ridge Plaza in late June.

The new store is set up a little differently, but shoppers say they prefer the layout.

Casey King, 19, of Anderson, said he shops at Big Lots because it has a better selection, is reasonably priced and is more convenient than other discount retailers in the city.

“I love that it is closer to the south side,” he said. “I think it’s more user friendly and there are a few more aisles. There is a lot more room for their products.”

Patricia Stines, 49, of Fortville, said the new store is cleaner and more organized.

“I wonder if they moved because of the new reservoir they are proposing,” she said. “I have a feeling though that it was because there is more shopping down here.”

Wilbur said people ask him all the time if the reservoir was the reason for the store’s new location, but he said he was unaware if the reservoir discussions influenced the company’s decision to relocate.

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