The new Big Lots on Route 58 in Riverhead had a big, fat check for the Riverhead school district at its grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting on Friday.
Big Lots, in the same shopping plaza as Staples and Home Goods, is located at 1103 Old Country Road.
During the grand opening celebration, Big Lots district manager Rick Kominski presented $1500 to Riverhead High School; Charles Regan accepted the check on behalf of the school.
"We want to thank you," said Riverhead Board of Education President Ann Cotten-DeGrasse. "Every little bit helps toward the education of our students."
Riverhead Town Councilman George Gabrielsen in turn presented Kominski with a proclamation, welcoming the business to town.
Big Lots is North America's largest broadline closeout retailer, store offiicials said.
Big Lots stores nationwide help shoppers stretch budgets by stocking stores with merchandise that typically sells for 20 to 40 percent less than discount stores and up to 70 percent below traditional retailers. Products include everyday consumables, seasonal goods, home decor, electronics, toys, and one-time closeouts. Furniture and mattresses are also available.
“For more than forty years, Big Lots customers have relied on us to bring them a one-of-a-kind shopping experience filled with brand-name merchandise at a price they can appreciate. We are thrilled to now be able to offer that same great value and convenience to Riverhead shoppers,” said John Martin, executive vice president, chief merchandising officer for Big Lots. “We are confident this new store will prove to be a big hit with smart shoppers who are seeking better deals and bigger savings to combat the increasing costs of everyday living.”