A surprise announcement by Target that it will close two southside Chicago stores may mean more traveling for Chicagoans and more sales tax for Oak Lawn’s Target, which stands to benefit from the influx of customers.
Target announced that it will close both the Morgan Park store and the Chatham store leaving the 4433 S. Pulaski, 1940 W. 33rd Street, and 1346 E. 53rd Street stores on the southside of Chicago.
The closest target for most of those displaced shoppers, however, is at 4120 W. 95th Street in Oak Lawn, which will benefit from the increased sales that will be expected.
The closing of the stores caught Chatham’s Alderman Roderick Sawyer off guard. He told CBS 2 Chicago that the two stores being closed were the southside stores for black shoppers. Target issued a statement regarding the store closings.
The statement said, “The decision to close a store is always difficult and a store is closed only after it’s shown several years of decreasing profitability.” Melinda Kelly of the Chatham Business Association suggested that Target should have called the association with the idea of salvaging at least one of the operations.
Employees in good standing will be able to transfer to other stores. The Chatham store has been open since 2002 and the Morgan Park store has been around since 2008.