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 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
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 BigR.com.
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.