Big Lots, the nation's largest broadline closeout retailer, will Nov. 16 celebrate the grand opening of its newest store in Litchfield Crossing at 169 Danbury Road (Route 7 South) in New Milford.

As part of the grand opening celebration, Big Lots will make a $2,500 donation to John Pettibone School during its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.

The new 21,900-square-foot store features thousands of products, including everyday consumables, seasonal goods, home decor, electronics, toys and one-time closeouts.

Big Lots also offers values on an assortment of brand-name furniture and Serta mattresses.

"For more than 40 years," said Rob Claxton, senior vice president of marketing for Big Lots, "Big Lots customers have relied on us to bring them a one-of-a-kind shopping experience filled with brand-name merchandise at a price they can appreciate."

"We are thrilled to now be able to offer that same great value and convenience to New Milford shoppers," he said.

"We are confident this new store will prove to be a big hit with smart shoppers," added Mr. Claxton, "who are seeking better deals and bigger savings to combat the increasing costs of everyday living."