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Employees Say Williamsburg Big Lots to Close in January

It appears that Big Lots in the Monticello Shopping Center in Williamsburg is closing.

Employees have been informing customers the location will close by Jan. 14 and other area Big Lots stores will remain open. Last week WYDaily spoke to a manager at the Monticello Big Lots store to ask about the closing before being referred to corporate offices. Calls to the corporate offices had not been returned as of Friday afternoon.

Robert Fowler, who owns the building, said the retailer’s lease ends Jan. 14, 2014 and it has not yet been renewed. A store-wide sale is going on now.

Big Lots is a closeout retailer based in Columbus, Ohio that has been in business since 1985 and now has about 1,500 locations in the United States with, according to most recent data, 39 locations in Virginia. Big Lots buys closeout merchandise from manufacturers trying to reduce their inventory for reasons like canceled orders, package changes or discontinuation.

Michele DeWitt, the city’s director of economic development, said though she couldn’t quantify exactly how the closing would affect the city’s economy, she did know which two city revenue streams the closing would affect most directly – sales tax and the Business Professional and Occupational License tax.

“We’re always sorry when a business closes in the city,” DeWitt said.

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4 Responses to Employees Say Williamsburg Big Lots to Close in January

  1. williamsburg business lady Reply

    December 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Unfortunately most real estate owners in Williamsburg would rather take a tax write off for leaving it empty than negotiate a better, fairer price that enables a discount close out store like Big Lots to rent a space and still protect pricing for their customers. The City needs to provide a tax incentive to the owners of all the empty stores that motivates them to negotiate lower rental prices in order to stimulate more business. Currently it is more profitable for them to leave it empty and write it off than to negotiate with interested businesses. Big Lots will be sorely missed by the Williamsburg community. It has been there for 20 years and many of the fixed income, elderly and retired citizens nearby rely on that store. Not to mention the thousands of other residents and college students. A big loss to the Williamsburg area.

  2. Bugdoodle Reply

    December 17, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Seems to me Big Lots has the customer base to move somewhere else in Williamsburg – there are enough empty buildings to choose from, I hope they do stay in the area.

    But that section of Monticello needs re-worked, made wider, etc. It is dangerous to enter off the intersecting roads or lots. Needs serious attention since so much traffic has to pass by it is a shame to let it run down so badly.

  3. Upgrade Reply

    December 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Sorry for the employees. Hope they can find work in new spots that are also convenient to the bus lines.

    Hope that spot will receive an upgrade. A Big Lots, two thrift stores and a vacant shopping center sitting within eye sight of each other doesn’t communicate anything other than ‘cheap and run down’. I hope a new business can come in there and help revitalize that area.

  4. SocraticThinker Reply

    December 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

    WHAT an honest shame! Over the years, have gotten to know some of the original staff….and LIKED ‘em!
    Hey, city of Williamsburg ‘economic’ officials, when are YOU going to TRY to wise up and STOP letting our in-town businesses leave the city limits? One more nail in losing city taxes…..!

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