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The Great Escape

403 N Veterans Pkwy
Bloomington, IL 61704
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(309) 829-2900
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Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00pm

Meet Our Team

Jim Chamberlain
Sales Manager

My name is Jim Chamberlain and I’m the Sales Manager at The Great Escape Bloomington. I’ve worked at The Great Escape since 2004. I’m a master photo-engraver by trade (my family business for 18 years) but I specialize in billiards, spas and pools too. How do I make shopping experiences great for my customers? I take the extra time to include ALL members of the family, including younger children, in the presentation so the entire family feels like they have been involved in the decision-making process when they finally make their choice.

Here are some fun facts about me: I used to play billiards at a fairly high level of competition, but that has given way to just enjoying the game occasionally while out with friends. I have been known to crank out a song at karaoke now and then, but no recording deals on the horizon!

Rick Picken
Store Manager

I’m Rick Picken and I’m the store manager at the Bloomington The Great Escape location. I’ve worked for the company for 5 years and have been in the IG/AG pool industry for over 15 years now. I can’t think of anything I enjoy selling more than pools! I have an associates in architectural construction technology and use all of my experience to help you find just what you’re looking for.

It’s nice to see people coming in to buy something fun they want, versus something utilitarian that they need. They walk out in a much happier mood! In our off-season, I like to travel and play golf. And of course, hanging out with friends in our backyard pool/patio area rates pretty high up on my list, as well!

Are you looking for the best brands available at the best prices? Do you want a one-stop shop that services what they sell? Come to The Great Escape in Bloomington. We take the extra time to ensure the customer gets what they WANT the first time and are available after the sale any time there is a question or need for service. It’s a big deal when people are spending their hard-earned money and trust us to deliver a high-end product. Let us help you buy the quality you deserve.

We are located just off Veterans Parkway at Main Street. Turn at the Dairy Queen onto RT Dunn Drive and it will bring you right to the store.

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