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  • Abt Radio - 1936

    Abt Radio - 1936, Logan Square - Chicago, IL

  • Abt TV - 1968

    Abt TV - 1968 - Logan Square - Chicago, IL

  • Abt TV - 1968

    Abt TV - 1968 - Logan Square - Chicago, IL

  • Abt TV & Appliance Co. Newspaper Advertisement - 1950

    Abt TV & Appliance Co. Newspaper Advertisement - 1950 - Valentine Specials

  • Abt Television Newspaper Advertisement - 1954

    Abt Television Newspaper Advertisement - 1954 - Bargain Festival

  • Abt Television & Appliance Company - 1959 - Advertisement

    Abt Television & Appliance Company Newspaper Advertisement - 1959 - Your Big Opportunity For Christmas Gifts

  • Abt TV & Applaince Co. - 1964½ - Advertisement

    Abt TV & Applaince Co. Newspaper Advertisement - First Showing!...1964½

  • Abt TV & Appliance Co. - 1964 - Advertisement

    Abt TV & Appliance Co. Newspaper Advertisement - 1964 - Inventory Clearance Sale!

  • Abt Television & Appliance Co. - 1970 - Advertisement

    Abt Television & Appliance Co. Newspaper Advertisement - 1970 - Nationwide Dealer of the Month

  • Abt Television & Appliance - 1982 - Advertisement

    Abt Television & Appliance Newspaper Advertisement - 1982 - Dealer of the Year

  • Abt Television & Appliance - 1982 - Advertisement

    Abt Television & Appliance Newspaper Advertisement - 1982 - Dealer of the Year

  • Abt - 1985 - Advertisement

    Abt Newspaper Advertisement - 1985 - Quiet Sale

  • Abt Electronics & Appliance - 1990 - Advertisement

    Abt Electronics & Appliance Newspaper Advertisement - 1990 - Since 1936 Quality Appliances and Electronics

  • Abt - 1970

    Abt - 1970 - Niles, IL

  • Abt - 1990

    Abt - 1990 - Morton Grove, IL

  • Abt - 2002 - Morton Grove

    Abt - 2002 - Morton Grove Store Closed

  • Abt - 2002 - Morton Grove

    Abt - 2002 - Morton Grove Store Closed

  • Abt - 2002 - Morton Grove

    Abt - 2002 - Morton Grove Store Closed

  • Abt - 2002 - Morton Grove

    Abt - 2002 - Morton Grove Store Closed

  • Abt - 2002 - Glenview, IL

    Abt - 2002 - Opening of Our Glenview Store on 37 Acres of Land, 100,000 sq. ft. of Showroom Space

  • Abt - 2002 - Glenview, IL

    Abt - 2002 - Opening of Our Glenview Store on 37 Acres of Land, 100,000 sq. ft. of Showroom Space

  • Abt - 2004

    Abt - 2004 - Glenview, IL

  • Abt - 2005

    Abt - 2005 - Glenview, IL - Atrium Addition Completed

  • Abt - 2008

    Abt - 2008 - Glenview, IL

  • Abt - 2009

    Abt - 2009 - Glenview, IL

  • Abt - 2015 - Glenview, IL

    Abt - 2015 - Glenview, IL - New 300,000 sq. ft. Warehouse Addition

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    Abt - Glenview, IL

  • Abt

    Abt - Glenview, IL - The House That Service Built

Abt's History

Abt was founded in 1936 when Jewel Abt gave her husband David $800 to start a business. Abt began as a small store with only three employees in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Abt has since grown to become one of the largest independent single-store appliance and electronics retailers in the country sprawled out on 37 acres in Glenview, IL, and employing a staff of over 1,300 experts.

Today, Abt carries tens of thousands of products in a variety of categories including appliances/custom kitchens, gourmet cooking, home comfort (HVAC, power generators and sump pumps), TV and A/V, computers, watches, fitness, and more - many of which are introduced at Abt before gaining widespread distribution.

In addition to its 100,000 square-foot showroom, Abt features its own mini-mall, with boutique shops such as Apple, Bang & Olufsen, Tumi, and more. Other highlights and attractions include a 7,500-gallon salt-water aquarium that's used to demonstrate the image quality of the store's wide selection of cameras and camcorders, and an atrium with an elegant fountain, which evokes the famed Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, CEO Bob Abt's inspiration for the design.

Abt has technical in-house staff that handles repairs, installation, and service issues. Each member of the Abt service team is recognized by the store's manufacturers as having superior repair knowledge and skills. Abt ensures that all members of the team undergo continuous training in order to provide superior electronics and appliance repair service.

Despite being an independent retailer among an industry of big box stores, Abt has continued to build a loyal customer base and has impressively grown at double digits percentage every year for the past 79 years. Abt credits its success to staying true to the family values and dedication to customer service on which it was founded. Abt remains a family run business today as second- and third-generation family members work on the store's floor.

Abt has gained a nationwide presence through its e-commerce site Abt.com, which was launched in 1997 as one of a handful of authorized online retailers for brands such as Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Bose and Onkyo. Similar to the in-store shopping experience, Abt.com provides consumers with unparalleled customer service, shopping ease and quality product offerings. Shoppers enjoy free shipping on thousands of products on Abt.com, which ships to all 50 states.

For over years, Abt has demonstrated excellence in the retail industry by distinguishing itself with a commitment to delivering complete customer satisfaction, a highly trained and passionate staff, and dedication to fair pricing. Visit our awards page to learn more.

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