On the heels of Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) Hardware shuttering its doors and leaving South Pasadena, the Big Lots is now closing its doors and moving to a neighboring city.

The Big Lots, 1401 Huntington Drive, is anticipating closing its doors for good in South Pasadena and moving into the old Toys “R” Us building in next door Alhambra.

Store officials estimated the So Pas store, on the corner of Huntington Drive and Fremont Avenue, will close near the end of May or the beginning of June.

It will be the second loss of a large commercial tax revenue base in the last year with OSH Hardware on Fair Oaks Avenue closing its doors last year.

The city is already scrambling to make up a more than $1 million budget gap in next year’s budget. The So Pas City Council is expecting to deal specifically with cuts and revenue hikes needed to make up the difference beginning at its next meeting April 17.

Steve Whitmore
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Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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