There are approximately 75 Big R stores scattered throughout the Southwest and the Midwest. The majority of the stores are in Colorado and Illinois, with several in New Mexico, Nevada, Indiana and Texas.
Alameda, Colorado Springs, Cortez, Elizabeth and La Junta are some of the cities in Colorado with Big R stores.The Texas store is in Dumas. Santa Fe, Bloomfield and Farmington are the New Mexico cities with Big R locations. Big R locations in Illinois include stores in Danville, Pontiac, Titan, Gibson City and Watseka. Wabash and Michigan City are the Indiana cities with Big R stores. The Big R brand, or group, has about 12 owners who are members of the Mid-States Distributing Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Mid-States Distributing Company operates about 600 different stores and brands, including Ben's Pet & Farm Supply, Farm King Supply, Ranch & Home, Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, and Orscheln Farm & Home. Big R stores tend to maintain an inventory that primarily reflects the farm and ranch lifestyle, although other product categories include sporting goods, accessories, auto, hardware and animal care, such as small domestic and large farm animals. In 1962, Big R stores first appeared in the Southwest in Lamar and La Junta. The Illinois locations opened for business two years later in Watseka.