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Abt Electronics Welcomes Back Weekend Grill Demonstrations

Renowned Chef and Two-Time World Barbecue Champion Charlie McKenna to Showcase Weber Grilling Products on June 4

June, 2022

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Abt Electronics, the country’s largest independently-owned, single-location retailer of electronics, appliances and home goods, has welcomed back grill demonstrations for the first time in three years. Grill demonstrations began the first weekend of May and continue through the last weekend of July.

Every weekend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., representatives from top grill brands will be at the front of the store at 1200 N Milwaukee Ave demonstrating their products. Along with grill models, customers are also able to see the brand’s smokers and grill accessories on display. The weekend grill demos will give Abt customers a chance to see the newest outdoor cooking products in action and sample some food. The grill demonstrations will include grills and grilling products from brands such as:

  • Broil King
  • Evo
  • Viking
  • Coyote
  • Napoleon
  • Lynx
  • Alfa
  • Weber

On Saturday, June 4, Weber brought renowned chef and two-time World Barbecue Champion, Charlie McKenna, to the store to lead a demonstration. Charlie opened the flagship Lillie’s Q restaurant in July 2010 in Chicago, named for his Grandmother Lillie, who taught him the art of Southern cooking back home in Greenville, SC. Charlie will be grilling on two different Weber grills: a GENESIS grill and the SmokeFire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill.

"We’re so excited to bring back grill demonstrations for our customers. They are a great way for customers to learn more about specific brands, models and their features," said Jon Abt, co-president of Abt Electronics. "At Abt, we are always aiming to provide our customers with helpful insights on our products as well as an enjoyable experience and even if customers don’t leave a grill demonstration with a new grill, they will at least have some new grill recipes to try at home."

Abt offers a wide selection of outdoor grills from natural gas, liquid propane, built-in, charcoal, smoker, wood pellet, portable and flat top – perfect for any needs. The store also carries grill vents, storage, carts, covers and more.

For more information on Abt and their products, visit www.abt.com.

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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