Bob's Discount Furniture, an East Coast retailer owned by private equity firm Bain Capital, is planning a big push into the Chicago market.
Bob's, which earlier this year leased a Shorewood warehouse, will open stores in Skokie, Burbank, Orland Park, Villa Park and Aurora in February 2016, said spokesman Sean Flanagan.
"We'll follow up with another wave of openings sometime in the spring," with three additional stores, he said. "There's a lot of optimism in the air, and people are valuing their living spaces more and more."
Connecticut-based Bob's, founded in 1991, bills itself as an "everyday low price furniture and bedding retailer,"...