Monday, September 11, 2006

Bears' shutout of Green Bay costs store owner close to $300,000

Customers score with Bears' shutout

By Sara Olkon
Tribune staff reporter
Published September 11, 2006, 6:19 PM CDT

Screams of jubilation heard from Bears fans late Sunday afternoon might have been the loudest in the far western suburbs.

That's because 206 people realized that the Bears' season-opening 26-0 shutout of the Green Bay Packers meant that all the furniture they had bought at a Plano store over the Labor Day weekend was free.

Their good fortune was part of a Labor Day promotion by Randy Gonigam, owner of World Furniture Mall, a spacious furniture store amid acres of cornfields in rural Kendall County. A self-proclaimed "huge Bears fan," Gonigam offered to pick up the tab for any furniture purchased over the holiday weekend if the Bears shut out the Packers.

Needless to say, Gonigam paid extra-close attention on Sunday, viewing the afternoon contest from a recliner in his store.

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