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 opening the first store in Watseka, Illinois. To date 20 stores have been opened in Illinois and Indiana; 2 stores in Ohio and 1 store in Wisconsin and we are still proud to be family-owned and operated. Our 12 Illinois stores are located in Watseka, Gibson City, Danville, Tilton, Pontiac, Morris, Pekin, Washington, Rochelle, Homer Glen, Streator and McHenry. Our 8 Indiana stores are located in Warsaw, 2 locations in Elkhart, Rochester, Wabash, Crawfordsville, Michigan City, and Marion. Our 2 stores in Ohio are located in Lima and Findlay. And 1 location in Wisconsin in Burlington. The offices and warehouses for Big R remain in Watseka, IL. 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 store locations 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.