Come to the opening Thursday, July 14th to be one of the first to explore their huge selection from 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM. The store is located at 3315 Court Street. Mark your calendars for the GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION which will be August 26, 27 and 28th.Jerry Gibbs, CEO, said "It is always a thrill when we open a new store and we’re especially excited about Pekin. Our newest location provides great new opportunities for area residents. We are also proud to have refurbished an existing building and kept it on the tax rolls." Jerald Sherman, CFO of Big R, said "We have had our eye on Pekin since 2004. Leigh Ann Matthews of the City of Pekin was able to quickly organize a meeting with all of the correct officials. Pekin is very fortunate to have a strong and business friendly economic development team in place. Maloof Realty supported our efforts by facilitating and negotiating a deal with the property owner that fit our budget."
Opened in 1965, Big R provides quality merchandise that "Saves Big. Every Day" including lawn & garden, plumbing, electrical, pet feed and supplies, work and casual clothing, automotive products, sporting goods, firearms, ammunition and farm supplies, including livestock feed. A repair shop offers service on Big R’s wide array of power equipment, including walk behind mowers, lawn tractors, blowers, chain saws and string trimmers. Big R provides convenience for the farming community, pet lovers, experienced tradesmen and Do It Yourselfers. Ed Ensminger, Director of Purchasing, said "We will have over 90,000 square feet of retail display for our inventory of over 100,000 items. All of us at Big R are from the Midwest and we know our customers' needs."
The store hours will be: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
With the addition of Pekin, Big R now has twelve locations in central Illinois and northern Indiana. The Indiana locations are Crawfordsville, Marion, Michigan City, Wabash, and Warsaw. Illinois locations include Danville, Gibson City, Morris, Pontiac, Tilton, and Watseka. Big R has been serving the Midwest for over 46 years. Customers can be notified of Internet specials and sale alerts by entering their e-mail address at www.bigr.com