Crest Lighting Closes Doors in Lisle

Remaining inventory will likely be sold at auction.

The lights are still up, but the doors to (also known as Evergreen Oak Electric), 1600 Ogden Ave., recently closed.

They will continue operations through their New Lenox store, at 1918 Ferro Dr., New Lenox.

Employees at the New Lenox location said the Ogden Avenue store held a storewide sale in the weeks prior to its closing. Some inventory was moved to New Lenox, though the majority that is left will likely be sold to a liquidator for public auction at a later date, one employee said.

The chain store opened the Lisle location in 1982.



Tell us in the comments: what stores or amenities would you like to see on Ogden Avenue?

Maria April 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I guess Navistar did not order their new light fixtures from a Lisle business. I wonder if they are using Lisle Hotels?
Dr. ERIC WILLIAMS April 09, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Sad to see another lost business on Ogden Avenue.
Lisle Watchdog April 09, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Village of Lisle does nothing for existing small business owners. Yet they propose to hand $8 Million tax deal to bring a nuisance from Glendale Hts to Lisle. Will Lisle residents, tax payers and small business owners just sit back and let this happen? Will Lisle residents willingly fork over millions to bring more noise, more crime, and impacts that will only serve to further decrease property values in Lisle?
George P April 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Navistar using Lisle Hotels? It's in their agreement with the Village. Navistar promised hundreds of weekly hotel stays - all exclusively to Lisle hotels. Lisle should be rolling in those hotel tax dollars. So why do the Lisle hotels and the LVCB fear the Marriot?
Bill April 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The only thing Lisle does for small business, is make them all pay a fee to "register" with the Village. Even though Lisle is non-home rule and cannot license EVERY small business, Lisle oversteps their authority and requires annual "registration" and imposes more fees, regulation and government interferance on small businesses than any neighboring community. HB 4018 woudl grant non-home rule municipalities the authority to register businesses, but prohibit the municipality from charging a fee. http://www.villageoflisle.org/docs/bus_reg_appl.master.pdf
Rita Pereira April 09, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Sadly this is more a sign of the times than something the village did. Sure the village could have given a hand out to a small business, but how long would that have sustained a specialty store like this? Especially when the consumer can go up the road and pay a quarter of the price at the big box stores. I'll be honest and say when I have thought of looking at light fixtures, I've gone into Crest Lighting once and only because it's a village store and we happened to be driving by. Why would I buy a ceiling fan there for $400, when I could get a comparable ceiling fan for $100 at a big box? I like to help out the small business when I can, but with a family of 7, $300 goes a long way. Reality is, this isn't one that we can blame on the village this time, but on the times of big box stores out pricing the little guy.
Bill April 09, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Glen Ellyn doesn't regulate Walmart and have them "register" and pay fees. Downers Grove doesn't require HomeDepot to "register" and pay annual fees. Naperville doesn't require Galleria Lighting to "register" and pay annual fees. No regulation or taxes to buy from: http://www.lightingdirect.com/ Why does Lisle do this small businesses? How can they compete? http://www.villageoflisle.org/home/index.asp?page=542 The Village needs to eliminate excessive and unnecessary regulation like "registration" on small businesses. The only reason the Village did this was to collect fees - more accurately, impose an additional tax on Lisle businesses.
Tommy O April 09, 2012 at 05:27 PM
It is sad to hear of business closing in Lisle. However, this is what struck me about this situation: despite having another retail location in New Lenox, the majority of the inventory will be sold to a liquidator. Therefore, I do not think this is a “Lisle problem”, but rather an issue specific to Crest Lighting.
Bill April 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
How many businesses have to leave Lisle before we can acknowledge it is a "Lisle problem?" Infinity will be closing soon... moving to Naperville. They recently changed their name to Infinity Lisle-Naperville. Used to be Infinity of Lisle. Soon it will be Infinity of Naperville. Bye Bye Lisle. Bye Bye sales tax. The Village's policy decisions are chasing out existing businesses.
Rita Pereira April 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Bill, although I do somewhat agree, how much could the fee be? $1000? Sadly, that amount wouldn't break a business if it wasn't already hurting. Sad to see another business gone in Lisle, regardless of who's "fault" it is.
Karlie Baker (Editor) April 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I know this was touched on a little in last week's Weldon Hardware article: how often do you shop around the village? The Village is launching a series of free details from Lisle businesses for its Facebook fans this week. Will these potentially affect how often you "shop Lisle?"
Bill April 09, 2012 at 07:39 PM
It is the Village's overall policies against existing small businesses. For example - TIF Districts penalize exisitng residents and small businesses. TIF Districts cause a shift of property tax burden to all the taxpayers outside the TIF District. If you are not benefitting from a TIF, they you are paying for it. Lisle is proposing yet another single parcel TIF - this one for $8 Million. Why does the Village reward negligent property owners who intentionally chose not to maintain their property at the expense of small business owners who work so hard to make it?
Bill April 09, 2012 at 07:45 PM
As a Lisle resident, I should not have to "Like" the Lisle Facebook page to obtain offers for deals in the town I pay taxes in. Any promotional deals should be made available to all residents, even those that don't have a Facebook account, those that don't actually "like" our local gov't, and those that want privacy.
Bill April 09, 2012 at 08:34 PM
What interesting is that promises that were made by Navistar regarding the impacts on increased hotel stays and the tax revenue their headquarters would generate in Lisle. Although the move in was substaintially complete by end of summer of 2011, within months, a 350+ room Lisle hotel closed down. Marriot Hickory Ridge closed in Dec 2011. WARN reports indicated 84 jobs were terminated.
JL April 09, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I've been into this store as well...and echo the comments of Rita-their prices are 'specialty' and cannot compete with two Home Depots. I went to the store looking for a light fixture about a year ago-walked out chuckling to myself when I couldn't find anything for less than $200. Price is the main reason I never went back. I was in downtown Lisle this afternoon...and quickly remembered why I don't go there when I need something-there's nothing there for me. Bolingbrook, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Naperville get a lot of tax money out of my house as a result. As much as I don't want to get tangled up in the politics of the village, it's hard to ignore the inability of the 'leadership' to foster and grow a 'business-friendly' town. It's odd that every other DuPage County suburb that comes to mind has just about everything available locally to the residents-and the tax base, in turn, supports the town. The people who run this town don't really seem to know how to create a self-sufficient system. It can't be that hard if every other suburb in DuPage County can figure it out...just benchmark them and go.
D R April 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Exactly why Lisle gets every other communities "reject" projects! Remember that ridiculous proposal for a school bus terminal in Lisle to serve schools in Downers Grove and Woodridge!? And the Lisle P&Z Commission actually recommended it!! Thank goodness the Board rejected it (why was the vote even close?). Now we are reading about another ridiculous project - a diesel mechanics school next to a high end financial offce (threatening to move) and other corporate offices that pay alot of property taxes. What could the people that run this Village be thinking by proposing to give this diesel mechanics school $ 8 Million with a new TIF district? This will chase businesses out of the I-88 corridor, the hotel patrons will complain of the nuisance noise and traffic from 1500 students who like to rev-up their cars - hotel customers will want to stay in a quiet Naperville hotel. Nearby apartment complexes will be taken over by 1000 transient students, rents will fall. Overall just another really bad idea coming from the people that run this Village. And the people in Glendale Hts are laughing ...
Kitty K April 09, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I only wish that I could like Lisle and spend my money here. I was in Naperville on Sat - I had to go get a book. Downtown Naperville was mobbed. It took me forever to park. I had to walk a few blocks to get to Anderson's book shop, so I stopped for a coffee (2 starbucks in downtown Naperville) and the line was about 15 people long. As I stood in line I heard a group of out-of-towners asking other customers for recommendations for dinner restaurants... Francesa's? Meson Sebeka? Sullivan's? Rosebud?? One cannot get a book, a latte, and a nice dinner in downtown Lisle. Most you can get is a cup of coffee - no book, no nice dinner. Leaders of Lisle - please no more diesel. Give me a reason to spend my time and money in Lisle.
Cathy F. April 10, 2012 at 12:50 AM
The problem with Lisle starts at the top and "HOW" the Village leaders do business. Secret, illegal meetings, projects with code names and confidentiality agreements to intentionally keep taxpayers and citizens in the dark. The Village leaders seem to have forgotten about democracy, transparency and freedom. They've made it clear that they don't welcome voices of their residents. It's their way. Period. No compromise, no negotiation, no discussion. no questions and most certainly - no answers. In the end - no results. I don't like "how" they do business. Sometimes you hear that the ends justify the means. In the case of Lisle, the end results have not justified the means. Perhaps if our elected officials changed "how" they do business, the end result would be a welcome one that worked for the existing small businesses and the people who call Lisle home.
Deborah Donna April 27, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Word is they are opening a new store in Naperville.
Dr. ERIC WILLIAMS April 27, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Can the Village at least cut there grass until the building is sold? It makes the Ogden strip look bad with the weeds growing at that location.
Jane April 27, 2012 at 03:19 PM
The Village of Lisle has a "Vacant Building Ordinance" that covers exactly what you are asking, Eric. Problem is, that the Village doesn't enforce it. Likely the Village would be accused of discrimination if they took action on Crest when they waited about 18 months to get a vacant building registration (without payment) from the owners of the vacant property formerly known as the Unisys property and currently the subject of hearings for UTI. Village did not enforce the vacant building ordinance on the property at 2611 Corporate West for years and now the village wants to give that same owner $8 Million of property tax to tear it down. http://www.villageoflisle.org/home/index.asp?page=554
Dr. ERIC WILLIAMS April 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Jane,thanks for the feedback/clarification.I would like to nominate you for a Village Trustee position.
Jane April 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Thanks!... but I think I am more effective in the role of "Citizen Watchdog"!!


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