PLS Financial Services Celebrates Grand Opening in Calumet Park, IL with Mayor Buster B. Porch and Village Trustees

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PLS Financial Services will celebrate its latest grand opening with a newly constructed shopping center in Calumet Park, IL. The new development is part of Calumet Park's 127th St. Streetscape Project, and the center will be home to three PLS stores: PLS Check Cashers, PLS Tax Service and PLS Loan Store. In honor of its new location, PLS Co-President Bob Wolfberg will present a $1,000 donation to Calumet Park Mayor Buster B. Porch for the Mayor's Office of Special Events.

PLS Financial Services (http://www.plsfinancial.com) will celebrate its latest grand opening with a newly constructed shopping center in Calumet Park, IL on December 7, 2007. The new PLS development at 1431 W. 127th Street includes three PLS stores: PLS Check Cashers, PLS Tax Service and PLS Loan Store. According to Bob Wolfberg, Co-President of Chicago-based PLS, Calumet Park is a very attractive home for their newest stores.

"We select our store locations carefully, and only build in areas with strong potential for growth," says Wolfberg. "The Village of Calumet Park has great plans for revitalization of the business district, and we really wanted to be involved in the 127th St. Streetscape Project. Working with the village, our new building design is the first step toward a beautiful new streetscape."

In honor of its new location, PLS will donate $1,000 to the Mayor's Office of Special Events in Calumet Park. Bob Wolfberg will present a check for $1,000 to Calumet Park Mayor Buster B. Porch at the grand opening celebration on December 7. State Representative Robert "Bob" Rita (28th District) will be present at the presentation along with Village Trustees Joe DuPar, Felix Laskey, Dorothy Wiggins, Renee Conwell and Village Clerk Geraldine Galvin.

"PLS is committed to being a good neighbor, and we believe that by donating to the Office of Special Events, we're investing in Calumet Park's future," says Wolfberg.

The Calumet Park grand opening caps a year of dramatic growth for PLS: in 2007, PLS opened 35 new stores, reaching 306 locations in nine states. The new PLS location combines multiple financial services under one roof, including check cashing, short-term consumer loans and income tax preparation services. In the past year, PLS has introduced new services that offer convenience and security to their customers, including PLS Xpress Benefits, for direct deposit of government benefits. In 2006, PLS introduced the gold Visa® Debit Card, which is linked to an interest-bearing savings account.

The grand opening celebration will be held on Friday, December 7th, from 4 to 7 PM. The event will feature a free raffle for a stereo system. Other prizes will include phone cards and gift cards, plus gifts from Western Union and NetSpend Visa. Refreshments will be served.

About PLS Financial Services, Inc.:
Chicago-based PLS Financial Services operates more than 300 financial service centers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, with more than 2,500 employees. It is one of the largest privately-held organizations in the check cashing industry and ranks among the top five Western Union money transfer networks in America. PLS is a member of the Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA). The PLS Financial Service brands include: PLS Loan Store, which provides short-term consumer loans; PLS Check Cashers, which offers check cashing, money transfer services, money orders and utility bill payment; PLS Vehicle Registration; and PLS Tax Service.

More information about PLS is available from Barb Wolf at PLS Financial Services, 300 North Elizabeth St., Chicago, IL 60607, telephone 312-491-7888.

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