Thorntons hosts a grand opening celebration for its newest Illinois store location.
On Fri., Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., Thorntons Inc. opened its newest store in Illinois. In celebration of the new store located at at 3233 Grand Avenue Waukegan, Ill., the company held an official ribbon cutting and check presentation ceremony.
In order to show the company’s commitment to the community, Thorntons presented a check to Community Action Partnership of Lake County, Ill.; their mission is to reduce the causes and effects of poverty, promote self-sufficiency of individuals and families with low incomes and improve the standard of living in Lake County, Ill.
In attendance at the ceremony were Ed Bitondo, director of Store Operations-Northern Division for Thorntons Inc.; Debi Kiddle executive director, City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce; and Mary Lockhart White, executive director/CEO, Community Action Partnership of Lake County, Ill.
Along with the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy hot breakfast, lunch and snack items, which are prepared fresh on-site every single day, in addition to a variety of traditional, delicious roller grill items. For breakfast, guests can pick up hot sandwiches such as a Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit, a Ham Egg and Cheese Croissant or a Bacon Egg and Cheese Burrito, among other great choices.
Breakfast is served until 10:30 a.m. Lunch options include: Pepperoni Pizza sticks, Cheeseburgers, Buffalo Ranch Chicken Burrito and Crispy Chicken Tenders. For everyday snacks, guests can enjoy fresh selections such as soft pretzels and mini corn dogs. The new hot food selections are in addition to fresh fruit, gourmet deli sandwiches, yogurt parfaits and more.
The first 100 people who arrived at Thorntons, beginning at 6 a.m. on Sept. 23, received a new Refreshing Reward card pre-loaded with prizes. Customers who already had a card were offered a new card to see if they were are a lucky Grand Opening Winner. One lucky guest won gas for a year.
During the first ten days after opening, Thorntons will be sampling fresh, hot food items right from the kitchen. Guests are encouraged to stop by daily to discover the variety of new foods available.
Thorntons introduced Unleaded15 in the Spring, Thorntons’ branded E15 fueling option, to guests in its Chicago area market. Unleaded15 (up to 15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) provides an octane rating of 88, and is the most widely-tested fuel ever introduced to consumers. It is approved by the EPA for use in model year 2001 or newer cars, light duty trucks, SUV’s and Flex Fuel vehicles. This renewable fuel source helps to reduce carbon emissions, helps promote cleaner air, boosts the U.S. economy, creates jobs and reduces foreign oil imports. This store opening means there are now 20 stores in the Chicago area offering this renewable fuel.
Thorntons has partnered with Prime the Pump, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Illinois Renewable Fuels Association to add Unleaded15 to stores in the Chicagoland area.