Tinley Park Burlington moving into new digs

The new Burlington store in the Tinley Park Plaza is almost ready to open. (Photo by Bob Bong) 

By Bob Bong

Burlington has announced it will be opening its new store in the Tinley Park Plaza on Friday, Sept. 17

The retailer has the date posted on its website as it prepares to move from its longtime home at 7061 W. 159th St. (next door to Hobby Lobby) to newer, smaller digs just around the corner in the new part of Tinley Park Plaza, which is being remodeled by owner Brixmor. 

Burlington moved into its current home after Kmart moved out in 1995 and into a new home at 16300 S. Harlem Ave. That site closed a few years ago and is going to be turned into a warehouse for Pete’s Fresh Market. 

Burlington operates five other south suburban stores in Matteson, Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Lansing, and Burbank, as well as locations in North Riverside and Joliet.

Burlington’s business neighbor, Hobby Lobby, is expected to remain in its half of the former Kmart. 

The Burlington space is not expected to be empty for long as Tinley officials have said a Floor & Décor store will be taking over the space.  

Atlanta-based Floor & Decor is a specialty retailer of hard surface flooring, offering tile, wood, stone, related tools and flooring accessories. The company was founded in 2000. It has eight Chicago-area locations, but the Tinley store would be its first in the south suburbs. The closest store is in southwest suburban Countryside.

Village officials have said Floor & Décor is expected to bring more than 100 full-time jobs when it moves into the 70,000-square-foot space. 

In addition to Burlington, a new grocery store is moving into the redeveloped Tinley Park Plaza. There has been no official announcement on which grocer is going to be the new tenant. 

Another new tenant in the redeveloped plaza will be Phenix Salon Suites. 

Walmart opens remodeled Bedford Park, Crestwood stores

Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta congratulates Walmart on reopening its newly remodeled store in the village. (Supplied photo) 

Walmart celebrated the grand reopening of its remodeled Bedford Park Supercenter on Nov. 9.

The store was one of 16 stores the retailer was remodeling throughout Illinois this year.

“We’re excited to welcome Bedford Park shoppers to our newly remodeled Supercenter just in time for the holidays,” said Store Manager Gary Schlechter. “We’re committed to saving our customers time and money throughout the holiday season.”

Improvements to the store include:

  • Transformed front-end, including an improved self-checkout area—a convenient, quick way for customers to shop.
  • State-of-the-art electronics department with interactive displays.
  • Revitalized apparel department, including updated fitting rooms.
  • New tool department with fresh look and added variety of tools available.
  • Wider aisles and lower fixtures for improved store flow, better line of sight and easier navigation.

As part of the celebration, the Bedford Park Supercenter presented monetary donations to Summit School District 104 ($2,500) and Bedford Park Police Department ($2,500) in recognition of their important work in the community.

In April, Walmart announced it expected to spend an estimated $56 million in Illinois over the year through the remodeling of 16 stores, as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money.

Last month, Walmart celebrated the grand reopening of its remodeled Crestwood Supercenter with Mayor Lou Presta at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 19The store was also one of 16 stores the retailer was remodeling throughout Illinois this year.

“On behalf of the Village of Crestwood and the village board, we’d like to congratulate Walmart on the completion of recent renovations,” said Presta. “We appreciate Walmart’s investment in Crestwood and their continued partnership with our community.”

“We are so excited to welcome Crestwood shoppers to our newly remodeled Supercenter,” said Store Manager Jennifer Bell. “Our everyday low prices save our customers money, but our newly redesigned store layout will now save our customers time as well.”

As part of the celebration, the Crestwood Supercenter presented donations to local organizations in support of their important work in the community: Crisis Center for South Suburbia ($1,000), Crestwood Police Department ($1,000), Crestwood Mayor’s Office ($500) and the Crestwood Fire Department ($500).