Big Lots Appoints Three Senior Vice Presidents - General Merchandise Managers ALIGNS MERCHANDISING LEADERSHIP WITH CUSTOMER FOCUS

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG), North America's largest broadline closeout retailer, today announced the appointment of three General Merchandise Managers as part of realigning the merchandising organization into customer-centric categories of Food and Consumables, Furniture and Home Decor, and Seasonal, Toys and Electronics.

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"As we look at our business through the lens of our customer, we know she wants quality, tasteful, branded merchandise at great values," said David Campisi, CEO and President. "We've realigned our merchandising organization, and added key leadership, to exceed Jennifer's expectations every time she shops our stores. Trey, Martha, and Lucy will provide thought leadership and strategic alignment to the merchandising organization. These changes are a component of our long range strategic planning process where our objective is to deliver a comprehensive and detailed plan that carefully evaluates all aspects of our current operations, including our leadership team and organization structure. Today's announcement is a major step forward in developing our plans for the future."

Trey Johnson was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Food and Consumables. Mr. Johnson joined the company in August 2013 as Divisional Merchandise Manager of Food, and has extensive experience in Food and Consumables with well-known retailers including Family Dollar Corporation, Sears Holding Corporation, Walmart Inc., and SuperValu Inc.

Martha Withers was hired as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Furniture and Home Decor. Ms. Withers has diverse category experience with Stage Stores Inc., Stein Mart, and May Department Stores.

Lucy Cindric was hired as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Seasonal, Toys and Electronics. Ms. Cindric has rich industry experience with Stage Stores Inc., Walmart Inc., May Company Department Stores, Foley's, and Dayton Hudson Corporation.

About Big Lots 
Big Lots is North America's largest broadline closeout retailer. We currently operate 1,526 BIG LOTS stores in the 48 contiguous United States, 5 BIG LOTS stores in Canada, and 73 LIQUIDATION WORLD and LW stores in Canada. For more information, visit www.biglots.com.

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SOURCE Big Lots, Inc.



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