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IMPORTANT NOTICE Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Shareholder Meeting
to Be Held on May 27, 2010




Meeting Information
 Meeting Type: Annual Meeting
 For holders as of:   March 29, 2010
 Date:   May 27, 2010
 Time:    9:00 a.m. EDT
 Location:   Big Lots, Inc.
    300 Phillipi Road
    Columbus, Ohio
Directions to the Annual Meeting are available in the Investor Relations section of our website located at:
You are receiving this communication because you hold shares in the above named company.
This is not a ballot. You cannot use this notice to vote these shares. This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. You may view the proxy materials online at or request a paper copy (see reverse side).
We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting.
See the reverse side of this notice to obtain proxy materials and voting instructions.


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           How to Access the Proxy Materials
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COMBINED DOCUMENT (including the Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Proxy Statement, Annual Report to Shareholders and Form of Proxy)
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Voting Items
Notice is hereby given that the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Big Lots, Inc. will be held at our corporate offices located at 300 Phillipi Road, Columbus, Ohio, on May 27, 2010, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT, for the following purposes:
1.      ELECTION OF DIRECTORS.    The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the nominees named below.

   Jeffrey P. Berger
Steven S. Fishman        
Peter J. Hayes
   David T. Kollat
Brenda J. Lauderback        
Philip E. Mallott
   Russell Solt
James R. Tener
Dennis B. Tishkoff

APPROVAL OF THE AMENDED AND RESTATED BIG LOTS 2005 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN. The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the approval of the amended and restated Big Lots 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan.
APPROVAL OF THE AMENDED AND RESTATED BIG LOTS 2006 BONUS PLAN. The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the approval of the amended and restated Big Lots 2006 Bonus Plan.
APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO OUR AMENDED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION. The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the approval of amendments to the Big Lots, Inc. Amended Articles of Incorporation to institute majority voting in uncontested director elections.
APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO OUR CODE OF REGULATIONS. The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the approval of amendments to the Big Lots, Inc. Code of Regulations to establish procedures for advance notice of shareholder director nominations.
RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR FISCAL 2010. The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as Big Lots' independent registered public accounting firm for the 2010 fiscal year.
If any other matter properly comes before the Annual Meeting, common shares represented by proxies will be voted in accordance with the recommendation of the Board of Directors on such matter.
Only Shareholders of record at the close of business on the record date, March 29, 2010, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting and any postponement or adjornment thereof.