Blain’s Farm and Fleet: To expand and remodel Kankakee store celebrating 40-years with a new, modern store design and drive-thru


Gayla Kirshner


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Kankakee, IL (June 23, 2017): Blain’s Farm and Fleet is proud to announce expansion of the existing store (1811 N Rt. 50 Bourbonnais, IL 60914), to accommodate new offerings including: a customer drive-thru, a greatly enhanced auto service center and a re-designed façade and interior. The re-grand opening is expected in spring 2018.

“This is a milestone in our Bourbonnais (Kankakee) history,” says Jane Blain Gilbertson, Owner and President, Blain’s Farm and Fleet. “We are thrilled to continue to reinvest in our communities, our people and our reputation! Blain’s is here to stay and proud to serve the Kankakee community with everything from clothing and footwear, lawn and garden, auto, home improvement and housewares to pet, livestock and holiday décor and gifts- everything folks need to enjoy active lifestyles at work and home and in the great outdoors. We’ve been proud members of the Kankakee community for 40 years now and care deeply about its economic growth, stability and families. We do everything possible to offer the most popular and high-quality brands at prices everyone can afford.”

Blain’s offers top apparel labels like Levis Jeans, Carhartt, John Deere, Ariat, Reebok, Under Armour and Wolverine, riding mowers and lawn tractors like Cub Cadet and Troy-built, tools for home improvement including Dewalt, Channel Lock and Milwaukee and soon, outdoor power equipment from Stihl. Blain’s carries top automotive products like BFGoodrich, Cooper, Michelin, Rain-X, Turtle Wax, Mothers, Meguiars and Armor All as well as Benjamin Moore paint to freshen up the house or add a splash of color to the walls. Customers count on Blain’s for their tractors, lawn and garden equipment, spreaders, mulch, and fertilizer. Midwestern shoppers have trusted Blain’s for decades to provide the best for their pets and livestock with health food brands like Blue Buffalo and delight them during the holiday season with a full offering of decorations and Toyland Christmas scenes.

Blain’s Farm and Fleet was founded in 1955 by Bert Blain and his brother Claude. Bert’s daughter Jane stepped into her role as CEO and President after working with the organization for more than 30 years. Blain’s owns and operates 38 stores across Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa along with the Blain Supply Inc. located in Janesville, Wisconsin. The company employs over 4,400 people; it was founded on strong family values that continue to guide the business today. Celebrating their 62nd year in business as a family-owned company, Blain’s Farm and Fleet is dedicated to giving back to the community through the Bert and Claude Blain Memorial Scholarships, the American Heart Association, the Kids Helping Kids program, FFA programs, 4-H Sponsorships and hundreds of local organizations.

“Dad and Uncle Claude grew up during the Great Depression, believing that folks work hard for a living and deserve a square deal. So, when they opened the first store to serve friends and neighbors, they used to say, “Do the right thing, not the easy thing. Never play those retail games like marking up prices just to mark them down for a ‘sale’,” says Jane. “Today, we may have more modern stores, but we still offer the same fair and honest value they did back then. Jane Blain GilbertsonIt’s my mission to continue the family legacy my father and uncle started 62 years ago while growing and changing with the times. The communities we serve have always been at the heart of our success. Blain’s Farm and Fleet takes great pride in enhancing the lives of our Midwestern shoppers by also servicing what we sell because our commitment to quality is a priority in everything we do.”