Big Lots, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a closeout retailer. As of September 29, 2014, the Company operated 1,495 stores in 48 states. The Company operates in seven merchandise categories. The Food category includes beverage & grocery, candy and snacks, and specialty foods, the Consumables category includes health & beauty, plastics, paper, chemical & pet departments. The Soft Home category includes fashion bedding, utility bedding, bath, window, decorative textile and flooring, and the Hard Home category includes small appliances, table top, food preparation, stationery, greeting card, tools, paint and home maintenance departments. The Furniture & Home Decor category includes upholstery, mattress, case goods, home decor and frames; the Seasonal category includes lawn & garden, summer, Christmas, toys, books, sporting goods and other holiday and the Electronics & Accessories category includes electronics, jewelry, apparel, hosiery and infant accessories departments.