Big Lots opening stores in Middle River and Hanover

Big Lots Inc. plans to open two Baltimore-area stores on Friday, the retailer announced Thursday.

One store will open in Middle River, at 9977 Pulaski Highway. The other will be in Hanover, at Ridgeview Plaza on Annapolis Road.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company, with more than 1,400 Big Lots stores in the United States, is the nation's biggest closeout retailer, selling discounted, brand-name merchandise such as housewares, toys and seasonal items.

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