Kevin Fourte (left), 48, a retired Cook County Sheriff's deputy, sits with his daughters, Jaida, 12, and Kendra, 15, and his wife, Josette, in their Homewood house. They plan to open a frozen yogurt shop this summer. | Nick Swedberg~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 5, 2014 6:12AM
Kevin Fourte was a Cook County sheriff’s officer for 24 years. He started his career by watching over inmates at the county jail and later spent 15 years on patrol.
At times, Fourte worked in undercover operations for the sheriff’s gang and vice units.
But soon he will be serving frozen yogurt in Homewood.
Fourte and his wife, Josette, are opening a Forever Yogurt franchise in the village.
Fourte, 48, already runs a private ambulance service based in Chicago, which he started while still working for the sheriff’s department. That business, along with some real estate investments, allowed him to retire as a police officer in February.
Since then, the Fourtes, who live in Homewood, have been looking for another business opportunity. Originally from Chicago, the Fourtes moved to the suburb almost two years ago.
Neither Kevin nor Josette, 46, had much experience with frozen yogurt before taking a family vacation in Hawaii last year. Their daughters, Kendra, 15, and Jaida, 12, tried it and liked it.
But the Fourtes weren’t fully sold on the idea until they returned home and stopped by at a Forever Yogurt shop in Chicago and were impressed with it.
Each shop is customized with decorations that highlight the community. And Josette liked the “simplicity of it and the variety (of products).”
The new shop will be a family-run business.
“My 15-year-old doesn’t get excited at all, and she’s totally enthused about this,” Josette said.
The store is scheduled to open in late July, about a year after that trip to Hawaii, at 18324 Governors Highway in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.