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New Appliance Store Scheduled for Late Summer, Early Fall Opening

The former Ultimate Electronics and Circuit City location will be occupied by hhgregg later this year.

Work on both the exterior and interior of the former Ultimate Electronics building, 4585 S. 76th St., began last month as crews convert it to a different big-box electronics and appliance chain store.

Renovations on the new hhgregg will continue through the summer, pushing the opening of the store to late summer or early fall, according to Kim Paone of the company’s public relations firm.

With more than 100 models of flat panel televisions and more than 350 models of brand name appliances on display, hhgregg stores are designed to appeal to consumers who seek a broad selection of video products and appliances. The typical hhgregg store is 25,000 to 30,000 square feet.

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Based in Indianapolis, the chain currently has 210 stores open in 16 states. The chain is expected to open 20-25 new stores surrounding the Chicago distribution center and in markets such as St. Louis and Milwaukee.

Founded in 1955 by H.H. and Fansy Gregg as a small appliance store on Indianapolis' north side, the first store initially carried only washing machines, clothes dryers, refrigerators and outdoor grills. But not long after opening, the family began selling television sets, along with other electronic products.

Ultimate Electronics in the building before closing its doors for good in April 2011 after the company filed for bankruptcy two months earlier.

A few months later, Exchange Street, a Minnesota-based pawn operation, had its proposal go all the way to the Common Council amid concerns of the extra burden a pawn shop would have on the . Some city officials also questioned whether a pawn shop was the "right fit" for the city's biggest shopping corridor.

David Cotey April 20, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I'm looking forward to the new store and some competition to Best Buy, but there's a mini-debate about some other options people would rather see over on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GreenfieldPatch
JustMe April 22, 2012 at 02:48 AM
How long will this one last?
Lee April 22, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Why always the doom and gloom? You have done this before. When there is an incident on 27th street the stores are "ghetto" according to you. Have some faith. Not all is always bad. Try and have a good day. I personally hope all of the merchants in our area have a fantastic future.
JustMe April 22, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Because it's near my house and I'm tired of seeing that building sit empty.
Alicia Smokowicz April 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Can't wait because it sure beats best buy. I hate that store

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