Big 5 Sporting Goods are considered as the top retailer in the name of brand sporting goods and accessories. Big 5 has more than 400 locations throughout 11 western states in the U.S., including California, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Oklahoma, Washington, Texas and Utah. The company’s headquarter is located in El Segundo, California. The company’s name was acquired from its start as five Army-Navy surplus stores in 1955.
Big 5 Sporting Goods provides a full-line of products that offer traditional sporting goods that includes athletic shoes, accessories and apparel, athletic equipment for sports, hunting, camping, tennis, fishing, tennis and in-line skating.
Big 5 is founded as Big 5 Stores in 1955 under United Merchandising Corp. It was founded by Maurie Liff, Robert Miller and Harry Liff. The company’s five stores are located in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Burbank, Glendale and San Jose, California. During World War II, the company focused on army surplus items and other needs like tents and air mattresses. They soon concentrate on sporting goods as the population in Southern California became active in outdoor activities. The company changed their trade name to Big 5 Sporting Goods in 1963 as they specialized in sporting goods. In 1971, the company was acquired by Thrifty Drug Stores and operated as a subsidiary of Thrifty. In 1992, Big 5 had grown to more than 100 stores in California, Washington and Nevada. They built their huge distribution center in California to support the company’s continued growth. In 1992, the company was acquired by Leonard Green and Partners. They opened additional more stores and expanded their chain to the new market in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas. In 2002, Big 5 goes public and opened again another state-of-the-art distribution center located in Riverside, California. In 2010, Big 5 Sporting Goods celebrated their 55th anniversary.
Careers at Distribution Center
Big 5 Sporting Goods offers a lot of opportunity to anyone who want to join the company. They offer a full and part-time positions for sports-minded and hard working individuals. Some of the job offers in their distribution center are as follows:
As an order filler, you will be responsible for pulling orders and distributes the products accordingly within establishments. Other duties include conveying materials and items from receiving, fill requisitions, work orders, request for tools and other work items. You should pass physical, drug and alcohol test. You should be able to lift and move up to 75 pounds.
Maintenance Utility Clerk
As a maintenance utility clerk, you will be responsible in performing general maintenance that includes sweeping, mopping, dusting, cleaning restrooms, break rooms and lobby and emptying trash. You will also be responsible in changing batteries for the forklift, operates some machines for cleaning, helped with the maintenance technician when needed and other duties as assigned.
Class A Truck Driver
As a class A truck driver, you will be responsible in transporting and delivering products in liquid, loose or packaged form. You will deliver merchandise to designated store or assigned locations and then go back to the distribution center. You must be able to operate equipment such as trailer, load bars along with your co-employees.
Benefits of Working from Big 5 Sporting Goods
The company offers a health insurance, supplemental life insurance, dental/vision insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement plan, 401K plan, employee stock purchase plan, family medical leave, military leave and unpaid extended leave. Employee discount 10% off sale price and 20% off of regular price.