DOWNERS GROVE, IL-Savers Inc., a for-profit thrift-store chain based in Bellevue, WA, has opened its first store in the Chicago area here, in a former Circuit City big box store at the corner of Interstate 88 and Highland Avenue. The move mirrors two current retail trends, the growth of thrift stores in a down economy and non-traditional tenants taking bankrupt big-box locations.

Aegon USA Realty Advisors recently sold the property here to Learsi & Co. for an undisclosed sum. Joe Parrott with CB Richard Ellis represented the seller, while Jim Sakanich represented the buyer. Prior to the sale, Savers signed a 10-year lease for the 31,000-square-foot building.

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