Carson's in Matteson shuts abruptly

MATTESON, Ill. (FOX 32 News) - More than 150 employees at a Carson’s store in south suburban Matteson were given notice early Sunday the store was closing.

Employees were called into work at 7 a.m. where they were told of the move by the store’s parent company, Bon-Ton.

At the store Sunday afternoon, employees leaving declined to speak on-camera.  Signs taped to doors at the stores two entrances informed shoppers of the move.

“That’s terrible. People need jobs,” said Cynthia Figaro, a would-be shopper.

People were seen at the rear of the store loading merchandise on to a trailer.

The store's financially-strapped parent company explained, in a letter to employees, that those in “good standing" will be given the chance to work for two weeks at nearby stores and that there's a chance for permanent employment for some. It went on to say the decision to close the store was made as a work force reduction measure at 42 stores, including several spread between the Chicago and northwest Indiana region.

Matteson’s Village President, Sheila Charmers-Currin, addressed the move, speaking with members of the press, joined by members of the village board and local elected officials, including Democratic Rep. Robin Kelly.

“Although the company announced through its headquarters the 42 closings nationally, the Matteson location was not to be impacted,” Charmers-Currin said.

Ben Wilson, the village’s director of planning and development said the store would take with it $800,000 of lost tax revenue.

The shuttered Lincoln Mall was ordered demolished last year. Carson’s was the last remaining store at the site.

Village officials have said they plan to re-develop the land, likely converting into a mixed-use residential and business facility.

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