Oversized electric golf carts that have become a popular form of shuttle transportation in Naperville could be coming to Arlington Heights soon.
Tuk Tuk Naperville owner Bill Hamik -- who's seen his ride business in Naperville's downtown area double in recent months -- told me this week he was contacted by Arlington Heights village officials who "wanted to know of our interest" in expanding the service in town.
Hamik and company manager Chris Parker "took a trip up there" measuring the distance between the downtown area, popular subdivisions and Arlington International Racecourse. He says he was shown a PowerPoint about the village, as neither he nor Parker, both Naperville residents, "knew Arlington Heights very well."
Almost immediately, Hamik said, he became convinced that Arlington Heights would be a perfect fit for the auto rickshaws that first became popular in Indonesia.
"They had some data to show that Arlington Heights has about 75 to 80 percent of the retail volume of Naperville," Hamik says.
In Naperville, Hamik's business of four vehicles gives an average 50 rides each weekday and 150 each weekend day. It's been a particularly popular option during summer festivals, at high school dances and weddings.
Rides cost $1, $3 or $5 per person, depending on the distance, and they are available only within a 2-mile radius.
Hamik says he's not looking to open a second franchise but would be happy to help anyone interested in starting their own branch.
"I would easily be a consultant," he says, noting a standard tuk-tuk with "some bells and whistles" costs about $25,000.
For more information, Hamik says to feel free to give him a call at (630) 606-3947.
"Others in St. Charles, Geneva are looking at this as we speak," he says.
Article was originally posted by Daily Herald on November 2, 2017.
Written by Kerry Lester. View the original article here.
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