I was delighted to be invited to The Container Store’s Blogger Preview and Preview Party for their new Oak Brook, Illinois store last week. As you probably already know, I am a huge fan of The Container Store (TCS for short from now on) and all of the wonderful products they offer. It is organization heaven for someone like me who loves to have everything contained and labeled. Take one look around my house and those feelings become even more apparent. Most all of my bins, boxes, drawer organizers, and sorters are from TCS. Every closet is designed with Elfa, including our storage room and garage. I have been a loyal customer for over a decade now and my appreciation for TCS only grows. You can imagine, then, how excited I was to be given the opportunity to see the new space in Oak Brook and, best of all, take photos and film a video to share with you!
Here are some fun facts I learned during the Blogger Preview I was invited to a couple of days in advance of the store’s Grand Opening on June 28:
✻ The new 27,000 square-foot store replaces the older, smaller Oak Brook location that opened twenty years ago a few miles away. The new store is located right in Oakbrook Center, a beautiful shopping, dining, and entertainment center. The new TCS Oak Brook is located right next to Maggiano’s. It is easier to access and offers ample space to house more than 10,000 products. That’s right, 10,000!
✻ Out of those 10,000 products, TCS offers “over 300 food storage solutions, 750 organized office products, 45 types of laundry hampers, 350 organized travel products, 200 different hangers,” and more. Talk about selection! One of the things that makes TCS such an awesome, stand-alone retailer in my opinion is the variety and sheer volume of organizational aids and storage solutions they provide. I have never seen another store come even close to offering the same kind of variety on such a scale. It truly is an organizer’s paradise!
✻ TCS is well known for their awesome customer service. If you’ve ever had the pleasure to visit one of the the retail locations, you are familiar with the friendly and helpful staff in the store. Did you know that full-time salespersons receive over 263 hours of training in their first year? Considering that the retail industry average is 7 – 10 hours, that kind of commitment to employee development is unique and impressive. I can definitely see the results as a customer shopping in store by the excellent staff.
I took as many photos as I could during the Blogger Preview event to give you a sense not only of the way the store is laid out (perfectly organized and easy to navigate!) but also to show the great variety of products offered. Photos are ordered as if walking counter clockwise through the store, ending in the center. I did not photograph every single inch of the store (although I certainly tried!), but I think this slideshow will give you a pretty good idea of the gorgeous new Oak Brook space:
I share a closer look at the store as well as footage from the preview events in my coordinating video:
As I mentioned in the video, TCS was kind enough to give me two $50 gift cards to give away! The TCS Gift Card Giveaway will run until Monday, July 14, 2014 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open in the US only since shipping is only available statewide. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. There will be TWO winners! Each winner will receive a $50 gift card for The Container Store. You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always. Good luck!
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Congrats to the winners of the TCS Gift Card Giveaway!
The Poll Results for *Which part of TCS do you like best?* out of 1847 entries:
Office (640) 35%
Closet (437) 24%
Kitchen (417) 23%
Travel (248) 13%
Collections (67) 4%
Gifts (38) 2%
Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.
I hope you enjoyed this look inside the gorgeous new Oak Brook The Container Store! Many thanks to the lovely folks over at TCS for inviting me to these events and for providing the prizes. I am so happy I am finally able to share a look at one of my favorite places and my go-to store for all of my organization supplies. Happy Organizing! 🙂
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