Retailer, Jobs Moving to Town

August 22, 2011

While many Chicago-area neighborhoods are experiencing store closings and layoffs, one retailer is moving into vacant spaces and hiring.

On September 15, Indianapolis-based hhgregg will open 14 stores throughout Chicagoland.

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I'll bet Chicagoans will welcome new retailer hhgregg and its job opportunities.

The appliance and electronics retailer is taking over metro Chicago real estate vacated by folding stores and no doubt getting great leases from desperate mall landlords.

Each store will provide jobs for 50 people. The company will also open a 247,360-square-foot regional distribution center on Diehl Road in Aurora that will employ 40 more.

When the 14 stores open in mid-September, Chicago will become hhgregg’s biggest metropolitan market. There are plans to open more stores here in the future as well.

A typical hhgregg store offers more than 500 appliances in 30,000 square feet of space that features over 100 flat-panel TVs plastered along the back wall.

The retailer currently operates 173 stores in 15 states and aims to be a 600-store national chain over the next 10 years.

It will have competition in town, including Sears, Best Buy, Home Depot, Abt Electronics, and even online retailers like, but the company seems like it’s doing pretty well already.

hhgregg is currently No. 4 on Stores magazine’s list of 100 fastest-growing companies. It was No. 25 last year.

The 56-year-old store, which was founded in 1955 by Henry Harold Gregg and his wife, Fansy, is known HH’s focus on caring, personal service.

Sounds like a good company to join.

“As we expand to the Chicago market, we are seeking motivated people to become part of the hhgregg team,” said Jeff Pearson, Vice President of Marketing, hhgregg. “hhgregg offers many opportunities for employees to grow and advance with our company. We hope all those with a positive attitude and a customer service focus will apply.”

New hhgregg stores will be opening in: Niles, Arlington Heights, Gurnee, Vernon Hills, Schaumburg, Joliet, Naperville, Orland Park, Crystal Lake, Norridge, Lombard, Geneva, Bloomingdale and Merrillville, Indiana.

To see what positions are available, visit the “Careers” section at

Welcome to the Chicago area, hhgregg!

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