Shirin Lakdawala and her husband Sabeer Cherawala, of Lemont, Ill., opened the newest Metal Supermarkets®, the world’s largest supplier of small quantity metals, store in the Chicagoland area. Metal Supermarkets Bolingbrook, on 999 Remington Blvd., began providing Southwest Suburban businesses and consumers with superior customer service and the highest quality metal products available. Customers can buy any size or type of metal they need, quickly and easily, and with no minimum order requirement.
“We are excited to further expand the company’s footprint in Chicagoland and look forward to working with Shirin and Sabeer to further develop the Metal Supermarkets brand,” says Stephen Schober, Metal Supermarkets President and CEO. “With so much industry in the Southwest Suburbs, the Bolingbrook store is in a great position to thrive.”
Prior to starting the Metal Supermarkets franchise, Shirin and Sabeer owned and operated a Days Inn franchise in Northern Indiana for more than 17 years. After selling their hotel business they sought a business-to-business concept that would enable them to have family members involved, was stable, and had limited competition. The couple investigated numerous franchise systems and determined Metal Supermarkets to be the right choice.
Sabeer grew up in India in the metal industry as his father owned a metal distribution business similar to Metal Supermarkets. He has extensive experience and family relationships in the metals business. His brothers have continued the family business and own locations in Mumbai, Dubai and Vancouver.
“We were looking for a business that would allow us to apply the skills, like customer service we mastered in the hotel business. More importantly, we wanted to be in a business with more traditional operating hours, so we could share more family time together,” says Shinir Lakdawala, co-owner of Metal Supermarkets Bolingbrook. “We liked the Metal Supermarkets business model and figured we could get back into the family business. For Sabeer, this transition marks a complete circle as he started in this industry working in his father’s metal distribution store when he was a teenager.”
About Metal Supermarkets Franchising Family of Companies
The Metal Supermarkets business concept was established in 1985 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Since then, the company has grown to more than 65 franchise locations across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Metal Supermarkets is the only international brand in the small quantity metals industry. More than 60,000 customers rely on Metal Supermarkets for “one stop shopping” for all their small metal requirements and the ability to purchase what they need, when they need it.
The Metal Supermarkets brand is known for superior customer care from start to finish, and the most high-quality metal products available. Customers include manufacturing facilities, maintenance departments, tool and die makers, fabricators, machine shops, military and other government departments, hobbyists and home owners.
Metal Supermarkets is a dependable business model, a trusted international brand name and a lucrative franchise opportunity.