Savers, the national thrift chain, opened a store at 945 S. Rand Rd., in Lake Zurich this week. The chain has nearly 290 locations across North America; this will be the eighth store in Illinois.
The store was officially open as of Saturday, however the grand opening is today and runs through Saturday, Oct. 6, according to a Savers spokesperson.
The new store offers deals on thousands of items while benefiting its nonprofit partner, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.
“We’re very excited to open our eighth store in the Chicago area,” said Adam Gage, the new store manager, in a press release. “All of the eight Savers stores we now have in the area opened in the last year-and-a-half and it’s been great to get to know members of the community. We’re also thrilled to expand our partnerships with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago because we’ve seen the tremendous work they do in our community.”
Carrying everything from men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, to housewares, and electronics, each Savers stocks more than 5,000 new items daily and has over 100,000 unique items on the sales floor at any given time, ensuring customers continuously find a refreshed assortment of quality, value goods, according to the press release.
At nearly 26,000-square feet, the location will also house a Community Donation Center, providing a convenient place for residents to drop off their reusable clothing and household goods free of charge. Savers pays the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago for every donated item, turning otherwise unused goods into sustainable revenue that supports their programs and services in the local community.
Savers partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of Great Chicago allows anyone to turn otherwise unused goods into funding for their important work. This funding goes to education programs for schools, mentor matching that connects people impacted by epilepsy, and running Camp Blackhawk, a week-long camp for kids and teens with epilepsy.
The store pays the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago for every item donated directly to the store or through their at-home pick up service, rather than a percentage of sales. This provides the organization with a consistent revenue stream that is not dependent on store sales, according to Adam Gage, store manager.
Last year, Savers paid its nonprofit partners and their programs more than $144 million to fund their programs and services. To date, the company has paid more than $1 billion over the last 10 years, according to the Savers company website.
The new store comes in conjunction with the ever increasing thrift shopping trend, which is one of the fastest growing retail segments. Lifestyle, economy and social trends have contributed to the growth, including the popularity of do-it-yourself projects, renewed interest in vintage clothing, and importantly, environmentally and budget-conscientious consumers. Last year alone, Savers and its nonprofit partners kept more than 600 million pounds of unused goods from ending up in landfills.
Special grand opening celebration activities will begin Thursday, Oct. 4 and continue through Saturday, Oct. 6, including the chance to win one of five $100 Savers gift certificates. The Lake Zurich store and Community Donation Center, located at 945 South Rand Road, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, customers may contact the store directly at (847) 438-2561 or visit www.Savers.com.
ABOUT SAVERS, INC.
Savers, Inc. is a privately held for-profit global thrift retailer offering clothing and accessories for men, women and children and household goods under the Savers, Value Village, Village des Valeurs, Unique Thrift Store and Valu Thrift Store brands. Through its unique business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling secondhand merchandise, the Savers family of thrift stores benefits more than 160 nonprofit organizations, gives local consumers a smart way to shop, and saves more than 600 million pounds of quality used goods from landfills each year. Savers, Inc. has paid more than $1.5 billion to its nonprofit partners over the last 10 years, turning otherwise unused items into sustainable funding that supports vital community programs and services. Savers, Inc. operates more than 290 locations and has nearly 17,500 employees in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, please visit savers.com.
ABOUT EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF GREATER CHICAGO
Founded in 1946, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (EFGC) is a community-based, non-profit organization giving support, inspiration, and hope to the more than 130,000 individuals with epilepsy, as well as their families and friends, in Chicagoland and 43 counties in North and Central Illinois. In 2011, EFGC served more than 12,000 children, youth, and adults as the only regional provider of a full range of resources for people with epilepsy to achieve their life goals and not lose another moment to seizures. For more information, please visit: www.epilepsychicago.org.