Shirin Lakdawala and her husband Sabeer Cherawala, of Lemont, Illinois opened the newest Metal Supermarkets® store, the world’s largest supplier of small quantity metals, 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 the 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.”