Yes, Fall is a Great Time for Lawn Fertilization You’re probably thinking something along the lines of… “Fertilizing your lawn in fall? It’s going to snow in a couple months!!” Well, maybe it’s time to rethink what you know about lawncare. Fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn and has greater benefits than […]
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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If you’ve been dreaming about fall since July, then now is the time to rejoice! Bring out your best scarves, jump into a big pile of leaves, and, most importantly, pick out the roundest pumpkins from the harvest. Though there are so many reasons to love fall, the best reason might be that it’s pumpkin […]
Preparing for Opening Day Attention hunters! You’ve been patiently waiting for almost an entire year to put your ammo and decoys to good use again – and soon your patience will be rewarded. While there are still a few days left before opening day, time’s sure to fly by quickly and there are some very […]
Congratulations on your new bundle of furry joy! As the proud parent of a new puppy or kitten, you have your work cut out for you. Bringing in a new family member can be challenging but is very rewarding. Take great care of your puppy or kitten, and you’ll have a best friend for life! […]
Getting ready for the start of Deer or Duck Hunting season in Indiana? Whatever your game of choice may be, stay on track with this handy Indiana Hunting Schedule from Big R:
Getting ready for the start of Duck or Deer Hunting season in Illinois? Catch the game you’re looking for with this handy Illinois Hunting Schedule from Big R:
If you found yourself busy all summer, and didn’t get to take your dream vacation, it’s not too late! Forget stressful airports, cramped road trips or expensive hotels – try a “stay-cation” in the comfort of your own backyard! Create your own slice of vacation heaven with a few curated items from Big R. Here […]
Cannonball! It’s time to make your last big splash as we head into the fall season! Is your pool ready for the colder months? Get it protected from damage caused by freezing temperatures and weather. Don’t live in an area that typically freezes? Best to play it safe and still take the proper precaution. If […]
A day on the lake is refreshing, fun, and a perfect way to beat the heat waves. Before you seek refuge in your boat or kayak, get prepared and freshen up on your water safety knowledge. Be ready for the sun, water conditions, and a potential accident with these safety tips for kayaks and boats. […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/16/16: Big R Stores, a general merchandise retailer, has announced the opening of its 19 th store in Lima. The store will fill the vacant 110,000 square feet Wal-Mart property at 945 North Cable Road while providing Lima shoppers with apparel, pet products, sporting goods, equine products, lawn and garden items, home […]
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