Highland, Ind. - hhgregg has opened two new locations in Chicagoland, raising its store count in that market to 18.
The latest 25,000-square-foot additions, located here and in Rockford, Ill., will formally open on Thursday, April 18, with ribbon-cutting ceremonies, followed by a 10-day grand-opening sale starting Friday at each of the Chicago-area stores. The stores will also provide special financing offers and prizes, including a Frigidaire stainless-steel appliance package, a Magellan GPS device and other giveaways as part of the grand-opening festivities.
The multiregional CE and appliance chain now operates 210 stores in 16 states east of the Mississippi, and plans to eventually double its store count in pursuit of a nationwide footprint.
In other hhgregg news, the company will hold a CE recycling and sale event April 19-21 in honor of Earth Day. Visitors will be able to dispose of their used CE devices at no charge at all hhgregg locations except the Chicago-area stores -- which will be holding the grand-opening events -- and replace them with such Earth Day deals as:
- a 51-inch Samsung plasma TV, reduced to $600 from $650;
- a Nikon 14.2MP DSLR camera with 18-55mm lens and 3-inch LCD viewfinder, marked down to $750 from $975; and
- a 3.6-cubic-foot Whirlpool top-load washer, reduced to $500 from $600.
"We are looking forward to providing our communities with a convenient, environmentally friendly way of disposing their old or broken electronics at our stores," said hhgregg president/CEO Dennis May. "Recycling electronic equipment keeps waste out of landfills and prevents toxic materials like lead and mercury from potentially leaking into the ground and polluting the environment, so we are proud to honor Earth Day with this event."