MOUNT VERNON — The opportunity for shopping at discount prices on a variety of overstocked items at one Mount Vernon retail location will soon come to an end. Word was received on Tuesday that the Big Lots retail store at 911 Coshocton Ave. will soon close its doors.
“We have no desire to close our doors and pick up and leave Mount Vernon,” store manager Kris Klecka told the News Wednesday. “Unfortunately, it’s beyond our control. It’s a result of losing our lease and being unable to renew and continue with our business here.”
Owner of the property at the Coshocton Avenue plaza is US Properties Group of Hilliard.
“They did offer us the possibility of staying, but the rate was so incredibly outrageous that it’s just not plausible,” said Klecka.
He was unable to pinpoint a specific closing date but expects it to be fairly soon.
US Properties Group would not give specific details on what will happen to the property site which also houses Buffalo Wild Wings and Ohio Mattress.
“I’m just not renewing their lease. And I did not renew Aaron’s,” said Donn Davids, vice president of leasing and development with US Properties Group. “We are developing plans to make better use of that property. When we get into these properties, we want to make sure it is the highest and best use. That’s an underlying principle in all real estate. We want it to be the best thing for the community and ourselves in the end.”
For now, it’s business as usual for Klecka, who will also be working to find new jobs within the Big Lots organization for the 20 employees.
“In regard to our employees, we’re going to do everything we possibly can to help relocate them to other stores,” said Klecka. “We don’t want this to happen, either. We’re doing our best to allow them to continue their career with Big Lots.”
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