Big Lots in the Warren Mall finally has a plan - liquidate and leave.
Big Lots is closing and will not relocate in Warren County following a final liquidation sale that began Monday. The decision to leave the Warren Mall was a corporate decision that wasn't made locally, a store employee said.
"We thank everyone for the business they've given us over the years," the employee said.
The closing will effect approximately 20 employees who work at the store that opened in the Warren Mall in 2001. Some members of the store management have been working at the store since it opened.
The liquidation sale starts with everything at 20 percent off and will increase until everything is gone.
Warren Mall owner Mike Kohan said Tuesday that he is working on bringing in a national clothing store to replace Big Lots within five to six months.
"We have another replacement," he said. "I can't tell you who."
With the departure of Big Lots, and the Goodwill store at Warren Mall at the end of August, the mall will only have seven remaining businesses Label Shopper, Kinzua County Auction, The Bon-Ton, Master Cuts, Lee's Nails, Kmart and Napoli Pizza.
The directory of the Warren Mall, which still bears former owner George Zamias' name, lists 68 store fronts, eight of which are currently in use. Also listed are a number of stores that have left the mall in between owners and gives a glimpse of how the mall has declined in recent years. Those that have left include: Dollar General, Shoe Department, Electronic Boutique, Sterling Optical, Kay Jewelers, Northwest Savings, Bath & Body Works, Radio Shack, Ponderosa, General Nutrition, FYI, Aladdin's Castle, Payless Shoes, Tina's Hallmark, Waldenbooks, Best Nails, Claire's Boutique, Cellular One and Fashion Bug.