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Abt Electronics Completes 430,000-Square-Foot Warehouse Expansion, launching ‘a new era’ for the innovative retailer

Addition enables Abt to take its growth, customer service and green initiatives to new heights

March, 2022

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Abt Electronics, the country’s largest independently-owned, single-location retailer of electronics, appliances and home goods, has completed a massive expansion of its warehouse, launching a renewed commitment to company growth, customer service and environmental action.

The nearly 430,000-square-foot addition more than doubles inventory space in the warehouse, enabling the Glenview, Ill.-based retailer to better serve customers with expanded product lines and focus on growth across its categories. The warehouse addition also enhances efficiency and eco-friendly practices, a priority for the retailer that has long been known for its innovative green initiatives. In addition, the project includes two three-story additions that house Abt’s trucking and security offices and a break room, plus open office space to accommodate future expansions. The warehouse expansion is 407,294 square feet, and the new office space is 22,230 square feet.

“This extra space represents a new era for Abt,” said Jon Abt, co-president of the retailer. “This project enables us to optimize our operations and take our growth potential to new heights. We are excited for the many ways that the added state-of-the-art space will benefit our customers and employees, as well as elevate our commitment to sustainability.”

As with past expansions of Abt facilities, the local community benefited from the extensive project. The retailer partnered with the Glenview Park District to make improvements to Community Park West, which is located next to Abt. The improvements, which were funded by Abt and cost $1.6 million, included additional parking for park visitors and an extension of the park’s main road so it no longer dead-ends but now circles through the property. In addition, Abt constructed an access road in the park to accommodate its increased truck deliveries and traffic resulting from the expansion.

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 www.Abt.com.

Charisse Barnachea, Mekky Media Relations
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