Rochester, New York's Neisner Brothers 5 & 10 chain spun off its version of the discount mart in 1962. Big-N locations spanned from 62,000 to 68,000 square feet and would feature sixty-seven departments. At the height of operations, there were twenty-seven stores.

Bankrupt by the mid-1970s, the foundering chain was purchased by Connecticut-based Ames in November 1978, with stores being rebranded as the same in the following year.