Store to host grand opening as pandemic restrictions lifted – Crawford County Now

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By May 14, 2020 8:06 am

BUCYRUS — After receiving the greenlight from Gov. Mike DeWine, retail stores opened across the state Tuesday and on Saturday, a new store will be opening in Bucyrus.

Eliza Cole, her husband Matthew and their partners, Chris and Rebecca Kramer of Route 42 Bargains in Plain City, will be opening New2You Bargain Bins – The Unknown Treasures at the former Save-A-Lot building in the Southern Lights Shopping Center at 1705 Marion Rd.

The store, which began as an online marketplace before expanding to a brick-and-mortar store, will receive several truckloads of liquidated products from places such as Walmart and Target throughout each week with big box items being featured on Saturdays.

“There are about 20,000 items per truck load that we receive each week. Every Saturday, everything in the store will be $6 per item. On Tuesdays, each item will sell for $3 and on Thursdays, everything will be sold for $1 each,” Eliza Cole said. “We will not know what we’re going to have ahead of time so it’s always a surprise and customers get to go on a treasure hunt to look for items along with the prized gold bars.”

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She said the gold bars are turned in to the staff and the customer then has the option to purchase the big-ticket item listed on the back of the gold bar.

“People enjoy this new concept of shopping because it gives people an adrenaline rush and they’re able to get really nice items for very low prices,” Eliza said.

The store opening was originally planned for several weeks ago but the state’s stay-at-home order was put into place due to COVID-19.

“At first, we were devastated because we have invested everything into this business, including our blood, sweat and tears, but then we realized that God brought us to this point and this was actually a blessing in disguise,” Eliza said. “We were in the process of setting up the building for our type of store and this allowed us to regroup and set it up according to the new guidelines to keep people safe while they are shopping. Customer safety and the safety of our employees are our top priorities.”

She said each bin is four-by-eight-feet wide and are spaced out eight to 12 feet apart.

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“Each bin is filled with the items we receive in each truckload and will include things like XBox game consoles, games, televisions, household items, we never know what we are getting but everything is new and ready to be purchased for a low price based on what day it is,” Eliza said.

She said the store be closing for a one-hour break each day that it is open so everything may be disinfected.

“Everything in our store is set up to make it easy for people to stay six feet or more apart. We’ve been working with the health department as to how many people can be in our 23,000 square-foot building at one time and they have tested all the steps we have taken,” Eliza said. “We put in automatic doors, no touch checkouts and hand sanitizer throughout the store.”

She said local companies were used as much as possible in setting up the store, including renting equipment from Quinn’s and hiring a local cleaning company to get the building ready after it sat empty for 10 years.

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Eliza said masks are suggested per the governor’s order but are not required.

“Since we are only open on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have time to completely disinfect and clean the entire store,” she said. “We are prohibiting kids in the store at this time and only allowing people 16 years old and over to help with social distancing.”

The grand opening is Saturday, May 16, with the store opening at 8 a.m. Drawings will be taking place and food trucks will be available in the parking lot area.

The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday but will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. while the bins are restocked and cleaned. The store will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Eliza said a ribbon cutting will occur later. For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/new2youbins.


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