Big Lots! Opens At Rhode Island Shopping Center – A Review

Shopping Brookland NE Washington DC

The newest entrant to the Rhode Island Shopping Center – Big Lots! – has arrived.  The actual “Grand Opening” is Friday November 16th at 9:00 am, but they opened their doors yesterday. One door down from the massive Foreman Mills Store, and just in time for the Holiday Season, I ventured to check it out. I had been to a Big Lots! once, a long while ago, so I had an idea of what it would be like. I checked out the weekly circular on line before I went: $20 kitchen appliances like Croc-Pots, $8 pyjama pants, $299 recliners, hmmmm, not too excited. I’m kind of anti pac-rat, so I don’t buy much “stuff”. But, since they advertised holiday decor, which I am big on, I figured it is worth a look. I’ll be honest, I went with low expectations.

My first impression upon walking through the door was – wow! – so bright, clean, well-organized and stocked to the brim. (If you shopped at The TJ Maxx when they first opened then you will remember how sparsely they stocked the store at first.) The store is definitely bigger than I thought it would be, and I was encouraged by the amount good brand-named products. It has a bunch of departments – Home, Furniture, Food, Seasonal, Toys, Pets, Automotive, Electronics,  – you get the idea. So, basically it is like a smaller, slightly lower quality Target, without a clothing section. I think this store is a good reflection of the collective market in our neck of the NE woods. It is way higher in quality than Foreman Mills, and the staff was clearly well trained and super polite. I can see just about everybody shopping here. Quite frankly, I don’t see why anyone will need to leave the neighborhood anymore to go to a Target or Walmart type store. No, it isn’t Pottery Barn. But, what an incredible leap forward it is from the run-down Safeway (with metal detectors at the door) that occupied this space 3 years ago.

Big Lots! is located at 524 Rhode Island Avenue NE Suite C. They are open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. and Sunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.

5 thoughts on “Big Lots! Opens At Rhode Island Shopping Center – A Review”

  1. Great review. I’ve been to Fairfax County and noticed they have a Big Lots and Kmart store nearly side-by-side with Walmart and Costco in close proximity. This will be the case once the two Walmarts are built in Fort Totten and on New York avenue. The Costco in Fort Totten will be opening any day now. This is great because now we don’t have to go to the suburbs which have put a large drain on the DC tax base. I’m excited about all of these stores and will shop at them all.

  2. Right next door to Big Lots is a Murry’s Grocery store being excavated. There was once a Murry’s at 12th & Newton about 2 years ago. This one looks enormous! I was at the Rhode Island Metro and saw people carrying bags of goods from Big Lots. I also see many people carry bags from Foreman Mills. So, both stores are being utilized by consumers.

  3. It is lovely to see the NE quadrant being revitalized. I have spent most of my years in NW and SE. Since then, both have been greatly redeveloped, so when I decided to move into Ward 5, not too much had changed since they placed Home Depot, TJ Maxx, Giant, Rainbow, DTLR, and other stores up in the Rhode Island Ave sector of northeast. Also in this area, there is a Chipotle being built, a full service DMV, a T-Mobile store, a Sprint store, which will all be open any day now. But coming this summer in that same area, will be a Carolina Kitchen restaurant. Super psyched!! I was super excited that a Big Lots was placed in the part of the shopping center closest to Foreman Mills because that little piece of heaven is very convenient to walk to if you aren’t driving (although I do). Right next to the Big Lots is now a Save-A-Lot grocery store, that I never really liked shopping at, except for the fact that they do carry Murry’s products. So now that means I no longer have to travel all the way up to Georgia Ave and Morton Street NW just get my kids favorite hot wings, or steakums, or chicken strips to name a few. So when you get a chance, come check out the all new, revamped Ward 5 in the District of Columbia!!!!!

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