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Thinking Big

Big Lots opens in West End, donates $1,500 to Samuel Tucker.

Samuel Tucker Elementary School principal Rene Paschal, center, waves to the crowd after accepting a check for $1,500 from Big Lots district manager Fred Galzerano. The presentation was made March 1 just prior to the formal ribbon-cutting for the new store, located at 5901 Stevenson Ave. across from Landmark Mall.

Samuel Tucker Elementary School principal Rene Paschal, center, waves to the crowd after accepting a check for $1,500 from Big Lots district manager Fred Galzerano. The presentation was made March 1 just prior to the formal ribbon-cutting for the new store, located at 5901 Stevenson Ave. across from Landmark Mall. Photo by Jeanne Theismann.

Closeout retailer Big Lots officially opened its newest store in Alexandria's West End March 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Big Lots executives and local city officials.

During the grand opening celebration, Big Lots district manager Fred Galzerano presented a check for $1,500 to Samuel Tucker Elementary School principal René Paschal. Paschal was joined by several members of the School Board including board chair Karen Graf.

“It's great to have a new store in the neighborhood,” said state Sen. George Barker (D-39), who officially cut the ribbon to open the 19,300 square-foot renovated facility. “And it's wonderful to have Big Lots develop a partnership with Samuel Tucker.”

Dozens of shoppers lined up for the opening of the new store, which is located opposite Landmark Mall in the former Best Buy facility. Big Lots is open seven days a week and provides discount and closeout merchandise. For more information, visit www.biglotswholesale.com.