Art Van opens largest store in former Chicago expo center

Furniture retailer Art Van will open its largest store yet in Chicago on Aug. 1. This is the eighth location in the Chicago area and the 92nd store overall in the retailer's 55-year history.

The 112,000 sq. ft. store will be located in the Village of Downers Grove at the former Home Depot Expo Center. The center is undergoing a $13 million renovation that includes a stone exterior and 12,000 sq. ft. of windows.

The store's main entrance will feature a cascading fiber-optic light shower installation, and another interior space will showcase flickering lights to look like fireworks. Drop ceilings, arched openings, fireplaces and windows will recreate a feeling of home.

Beyond Art Van's signature collections, the building will host Cafe Fifty-Nine.

This location will also debut the Scott Shuptrine Interiors gallery in the Chicago area. The furniture collection includes complimentary in-home and on-site interior design services. The dedicated space will include coved ceilings, fireplaces, wood beams, concrete and wood floors, and a separate interior and exterior entrance.

"My excitement has multiplied a thousand-fold from the moment we conceptualized our Downers Grove store," said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. "We are creating an extraordinary environment; a home furnishings feast for the senses in this vibrant community. It epitomizes Art Van Furniture's long-term commitment to Chicagoland, and our desire to be the top choice among guests when creating the home of their dreams."  

Art Van joins the growing list of retailers that are opening stores in unique, and often historic, spaces. For example, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently opened a location in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in a converted bank and Walgreen's flagship store is located in Chicago's historic Wrigley Building.

For more:
-See this Art Van press release

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