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Abt Electronics Celebrates 86 Years in Business

The Family Owned and Operated Business in Glenview Continues To Thrive In 2022

June, 2022

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Abt Electronics, the country's largest independently-owned, single-location retailer of electronics, appliances and home goods, is celebrating 86 years in business this year. Since beginning as a small radio shop in 1936, Abt has continued to provide customers innovative products and top-notch customer service, allowing the retailer to grow exponentially over the past several decades.

Abt now employs over 1,700 employees and is celebrating the retirement of two employees who have each worked at Abt for over 40 years. In addition, Abt recently completed a 430,000 square foot warehouse expansion. The entire facility now totals over 880,000 square feet, allowing the retailer to better serve customers with increased space for inventory.

Abt remains steadfast in its commitment to sustainability through the introduction of a car and appliance crusher in their recycling center and by adding 6,000 more solar panels to the recycling center's roof. Abt’s onsite recycling center saves 4.5 million pounds of cardboard and paper from going to the local dump, over 1.2 million pounds of Styrofoam from going to the landfill, over 17 million pounds of appliances and 1.4 million pounds of electronics.

"Eighty-six years ago, my grandparents opened a small radio shop in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. Since then, our family has taken the business to new heights through facility additions, implementing progressive green initiatives and expanding into ecommerce," said Abt co-president Jon Abt. "My brothers and I are so proud of the immense success and growth we have achieved at Abt over the past 86 years and can't thank our loyal customer base and devoted employees enough for their role in this milestone."

In addition to 86 years in business, Abt will be celebrating 20 years at their current location this year.

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About Abt Electronics

Abt Electronics was founded in 1936 when Jewel Abt loaned her husband Dave $800 to open a small electronics store in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Abt has grown to become the largest independent, single-store retailer of electronics, appliances and home goods in the country. This third-generation family-run business (now run by Dave and Jewel’s four grandchildren, Mike, Ricky, Jon and Billy, who share the title of co-president) is known for its award-winning customer service from its team of more than 1,700 expert staff members. Its Glenview, Ill.-based location boasts a 114,000 square-foot showroom on 37 acres. The entire facility, including its continually expanding state-of-the-art warehouse, totals over 450,000 square feet. The company has been recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top Large Workplaces in Chicago for ten consecutive years, taking the No. 1 position in 2016, 2012 and 2011. Abt has become an influencer on a national scale thanks to its thriving national ecommerce website where customers can receive advice and customer support through the site's live chat feature, email and toll-free phone number. Abt is known for being an eco-friendly business and has an award-winning green program that includes bio-diesel trucks, LED lights, a rooftop solar array, an irrigation system that uses renewable rainwater, and a generator that provides electricity for nine hours of the day. Abt also has an on-premises 30,000-square-foot recycling center that takes in over 8,500 tons of waste per year including 95 percent of the company’s own waste. In the center of the showroom is a beautiful atrium where customers gain access to its many boutique stores-within-a-store such as an Apple Boutique and a Connect Computer Store. For more information, visit

Charisse Barnachea, Mekky Media Relations
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