Congratulate yourself on making it through another year of planting, plowing and harvesting. Over the years, you’ve perfected your craft with hard work, perseverance and patience. involves many years of sweat and endurance. Now that it’s a new year, it’s a great time to evaluate what’s working, what’s not working and how to keep improving […]
About Big R
Bill and Pat Crabtree originated the Illinois Big R Stores in 1964. The first store opened in Watseka, Illinois. To date 18 stores have been opened in central Illinois and northern Indiana.
We have 11 stores in Illinois including Watseka, Gibson City, Danville, Tilton, Pontiac, Morris, Washington, Rochelle, Pekin, Homer Glen and McHenry. Our 7 Indiana stores include Warsaw, Wabash, Crawfordsville, Michigan City, Elkhart, Marion and Rochester. We recently expanded to Northwest Ohio, adding stores in Lima and Findlay (Coming Soon).
The offices and warehouses for Big R remain in Watseka, IL. Joining the company in 1973, Jerry Gibbs now provides family leadership for the company. New generations of the Crabtree family continue to participate in the business.
Farm and Ranch store owners in the western states started the Big R brand name; they chose the name “Big R” to convey the “Ranch” identity. The Big R group is now comprised of 12 independent owners with a growing 75 + stores throughout the U.S. They all are members of Mid-States Distributing Company of St. Paul, MN. The Mid-States Coop has over 600 stores throughout the United States and Canada.
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Winter means having to go through a series of chilly days. But the cold weather doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the outdoors. While everyone heads out for fun, it’s important to know how to keep your family warm and safe. Tip #1: Learn to Love Layers Dressing in layers is the […]
As the streets begin to line with snow and the temperature drops to single digits, there’s one thing that needs to be done: dig through your hallway closet for the boots that make your feet feel twice as big and warm all over. But let’s be honest, these are the same ol’ winter boots […]
Tis the season…the lights shine brightly on houses, the tree is up and Santa is ready for photos in the mall. It’s Christmas time once again. And that nagging voice in the back of your head is back, you know – the one telling you that you should really start shopping for gifts soon. Yes, […]
It’s cold with ice on the ground and more snow on the way. Winter is in full swing! We know that these chilly months tend to take a toll on your body and mind – and the same goes for your kiddos. They’re bouncing off the walls indoors trying to entertain themselves, yelling “Mommy!” […]
You’ve spent hours training your furry companion to do the trick of the century… and the day has come where all the hard work has paid off! Your four-legged companion is doing it, he’s really doing it! The thrill of accomplishment is exciting. And you reward your pup with the kibble from their bowl…BORING! Whether […]
Winter can be a great time as loved ones gather together and bask in the warmth of each other’s presence despite the cold weather. But winter might be a different experience for other members of your family – members like your beloved horses. So while you’re enjoying time by the fireplace and warm cider, don’t […]
Warning: This list of recipes might cause your mind to be blown away with all the innovative ways to cook leftover turkey. Other things that may happen: a slight obsession with turkey might start, your mouth might water throughout the day as you think about your leftovers and you might find yourself so comfortable and […]
On November 11th, we come together to honor those who have put their lives on the line to serve and protect the country we love: military veterans. With more than 21 million veterans currently living in the United States, it’s important to recognize their selfless service for our freedom and their bravery in the face […]
Every day on the farm is an adventure. There’s a lot of hard work and sweat involved. But there’s also a lot of good memories being made, especially when you’re on the farm with family. After the crops have been tended, the animals have been taken care of and the chores are done – it’s […]
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