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‘Good stuff for cheap’ – Discount Dash opens in former PetSmart building

LANSING, Ill. (November 13, 2023) – If variety, deals, and the thrill of the hunt appeal to you, the new Discount Dash store that opened on November 11 at 17525 Torrence Avenue might be your kind of place.

Located in what was formerly a PetSmart, customers can find items 50 to 70 percent off the regular retail price.

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Furniture is among the many items for sale at the new Discount Dash store at 17525 Torrence Avenue. (Photo: Paul Czapkowicz)

“We get all of the overstock and returns from Amazon, Target, Walmart, and all of the big box stores,” said Alex Gabriel, managing partner for Discount Dash.

Alex Gabriel, managing partner of Discount Dash, holds a pet vacuum for sale on the opening day of the business at 17525 Torrence Avenue. (Photo: Paul Czapkowicz)

The first 500 customers on opening weekend were to receive a $20 in-store coupon with a $30 purchase.

They were also able to spin a wheel for prizes and take part in raffles for cash and more prizes.

The store sells a wide assortment of items that include electronics, toys, bedding, furniture, hardware and flooring. A $35 juicer, $59 air fryer oven and a $199 electric pressure washer were among the items for sale on opening day.

Shoppers can also find inexpensive school supplies and assorted toiletries and pet goods.

A record player for $89 was one of many items available for purchase on opening day of the new Discount Dash store in Lansing. (Photo: Paul Czapkowicz)

Bin buys

But sure to be one of the most popular features at the store is the many bins that contain numerous and varied items through which customers can search to find buried treasures.

All merchandise in the bins will cost $10 on Fridays and Saturdays (when new inventory will be restocked). All items in the bins will cost $7 on Sundays, $5 on Mondays, $3 on Tuesdays and $1 on Wednesdays.

Bin after bin of discounted merchandise is available for shoppers to peruse at the new Discount Dash store at 17525 Torrence Avenue. (Photo: Paul Czapkowicz)

On Thursdays, customers can come in to get a sneak preview of what will be available on Fridays.

“It’s just fun and exciting to find something that’s worth a lot more than $10,” Gabriel said.

The items in the bins on opening day were too numerous to name, but included things such as pillows, latching storage boxes, and even a Barbie doll.

“Good stuff for cheap”

Danielle Bunch, of Flossmoor, learned about the store from her sister, who lives in Lansing.

She picked out all kinds of things in the bins to fill her shopping cart, including a popcorn maker, dog bowls, a toy car, rugs, and a wireless speaker.

She commented on the wide selection of goods and plans to become a regular costumer.

“I think you can find some really good stuff for cheap,” Bunch said.

Danielle Bunch, of Flossmoor, found a variety of deals to fill her cart on opening day at Discount Dash in Lansing. (Photo: Paul Czapkowicz)

Lanita Lewis, of Homewood, found out about the store when her mother posted about it on Facebook.

A trash can, playpen, umbrella, humidifier, and a drone were things she found in the bins.

Lewis said a set of marquee party letters she found for $10 was listed for $34 online.

She became a quick fan of the store.

“It’s much neater than the ones I’ve been to,” Lewis said.

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Lanita Lewis, of Homewood, found many deals at Discount Dash, located at 17525 Torrence Avenue. (Photo: Paul Czapkowicz)

Starting local, with national aspirations

Gabriel said things that appealed to him about the Lansing location were its nearness to the expressway and the fact that Lansing borders Indiana.

“I don’t think they have anything like this,” Gabriel said.

This is the first Discount Dash store in existence, but Gabriel said the plan is to go national.

“We also do wholesale pallets and wholesale truckloads to stores nationwide,” Gabriel said.

Discount Dash will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More information about the store can be found at DISCOUNTDASH.COM.

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Paul Czapkowicz
Paul Czapkowicz
Paul Czapkowicz has served as a correspondent for the Northwest Indiana Times, so he is familiar with local politics, local business, and local goings-on in general. His training as a teacher gives him an innate sense of how to present facts in an organized and meaningful way, so readers gain understanding of complex subjects.

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