SUGAR GROVE – AutoZone of Sugar Grove opened its store and started serving the residents of Sugar Grove on Aug. 21 at noon.
The store is larger than a typical AutoZone, allowing for more storage of everyday products that residents will find useful. The store will employ a total of seven people.
Mathew Galindo, store manager, has been with AutoZone for five years. Since the new location opened, Galindo has experienced a warm reception from community members visiting the store.
“Everyone walking in the door has been very happy and really positive,” Galindo said. “They are happy to see we are here. It’s more convenient for them instead of having to drive to Aurora or Elburn to go to AutoZone. We’re very happy to be in the community.”
AutoZone provides options for residents who want to perform their own automotive repairs and receive aid with different everyday tasks for their cars.
The store offers a variety of helpful services to customers, such as installing batteries, headlights and tail lights.
AutoZone will also change wiper blades for customers and perform diagnostic testing for different purposes. Customers will also find products for washing and waxing, along with other everyday products in its large in-store inventory.
“AutoZone is for the day-to-day products you need,” Galindo said.
“It’s for the DIYer and the mechanic. You can get pretty much anything, including products to touch up paints.”
With a larger space for inventory, the AutoZone in Sugar Grove houses more products, such as breaks, shocks, alternators, starters, water pumps, and more.
AutoZone also rents out specialty rental tools.
If the store doesn’t have a product a customer is looking for in-house, AutoZone can order it and have it in the store in one or two days, according to Galindo.
Sugar Grove Community Development Director Walter Magdziarz explained how AutoZone had to obtain an approval from Jewel-Osco during the initial planning and building process.
“Before the village got the opportunity to review the site plans, AutoZone first needed to obtain approval from Jewel to construct the type of building AutoZone wanted to place in Sugar Grove,” Magdziarz said.
“Jewel has control over the uses and the buildings that are added to Sugar Grove Center, similar to covenants, conditions and restrictions in an homeowners association. Once AutoZone obtained Jewel’s approval, they approached the village for final plan approval. We hope that AutoZone will continue our streak of successful new businesses that have opened in Sugar Grove over the past few years.”