All businesses have a history, including Bazaar, Inc. Although it’s hard to imagine today given the company’s prosperity, Bazaar originated from humble means. Its founder, Norman Nardick, conceived of the idea for Bazaar in 1960 and successfully brought his idea to fruition with a $5,000 loan. Norm, a lifetime resident of the Chicagoland area, was a World War II veteran and a recipient of the honored Purple Heart.
Bazaar’s first employee was Norm’s wife, Rivian, who served as the company’s bookkeeper. Bazaar’s first warehouse and office, located on Montrose Avenue in Chicago, was a modest 1500 square feet in size. During the company’s start-up phase, Norm did all the buying, selling, loading trucks, and collecting receivables. Starting out exclusively with housewares and toys from overstocks, close-outs, and bankruptcies, he sold these wholesale goods to flea markets, auctions, and small retailers in the Chicagoland area. Over the years, the company began to prosper and expand. In 1967, Bazaar moved to a larger facility and then again, to an even larger facility, in 1973. Norman Nardick passed away in 1978 and his son, Robert, took over as president of the company.
Since Rob took over the business, Bazaar has continued to expand, moving its operation three more times. During this period, Bazaar has become a major force in the wholesale close-out industry. Now, in addition to housewares and toys, Bazaar buys from major manufacturers in industries such as food, health and beauty, sporting goods, household, school supplies, books, and soft and seasonal goods. Bazaar has also extended its customer base outside of Chicago and now sells to discount retailers of all sorts -- drugs, hardware, groceries, home improvement and other retailers throughout the world.
Today the business, located at 1900 N. Fifth Avenue, River Grove, Illinois, is housed in a facility that is approximately 400,000 square feet consisting of an expansive warehouse and corporate offices. The company employs over 130 warehouse and office employees. Bazaar recognizes that from its humble beginnings, it has evolved into a company that extends well beyond Norm Nardick’s original vision. Currently Bazaar buys, sells, and ships millions of pieces of merchandise per year. Its success could not have been accomplished without the outstanding people that have worked for Bazaar throughout the years. Rob and the entire Nardick family appreciate and thank each and everyone employee at Bazaar for their devotion, hard work, and sincerity, and hope that all new and future employees exhibit those same qualities.
Bazaar endeavors to continue its aggressive expansion and growth plan that will lead the company in becoming the premier buyer and distributor of wholesale merchandise close-outs. This will be achieved by maintaining Bazaar's commitment to superior customer service, and a fresh, warm and inviting working environment. By expanding and enhancing its merchandise selection and customer base, the Bazaar family welcomes you in the tradition and business foundation that was established 52 years ago.