Big R Store Coming to Lima, OH


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 goods, and farm supplies among others. The store will

be pet-friendly as dogs are welcome to accompany their owners on shopping trips and the

store even sells chicks in the spring. Big R bills itself as carrying “everyday items for life’s

everyday things.”

The store, set to open in November, will create approximately 70 jobs in the Lima community.

Joda Crabtree, a Co-Owner at Big R, stated that he’s hoping to hire management for the new

store locally. “We’re excited to serve the Lima community and really want to hire locally

whenever we can,” Mr. Crabtree explained. “This is our first store in Ohio and we couldn’t be

happier about the opportunity we have to serve customers here in Lima.” Those interested in

employment can apply online by clicking on the careers link at

Big R’s closest stores to Lima are Marion and Wabash, Indiana, but Mr. Crabtree stated that

“Big R expects to make a significant investment into serving customers across Northwest Ohio.”

About Big R:

Big R Stores has been family-owned since it began serving the farm and home community in

1965 and is headquartered in Watseka, Illinois. Big R is known for its wide selection of farm and

general merchandise and operates 19 stores across Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

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.