Carson’s North Riverside Store Closing To Result In At Least 159 Lost Jobs

Friday, May 18, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A crowd outside of the Carson’s in North Riverside Park Mall in 2015. | Chandler West/Wednesday Journal 

According to media reports, roughly 3,514 workers will lose their jobs when 35 Bon-Ton Stores-owned properties, most notably Carson’s department store, and two distribution centers are liquidated due to bankruptcy.

According to the state’s WARN activity report for April, put out by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, at least 159 of those more than 3,500 lost jobs will be due to the closing of the Carson’s department store in the North Riverside Park Mall.

An additional 330 jobs were lost this past winter after Bon-Ton Stores shut down seven locations not long before declaring bankruptcy.

According to a report in Crain’s, “Carson’s, previously known as Carson Pirie Scott, traces its history in Illinois to the 1850s, when its founders opened a dry goods store in Peru. The company grew rapidly and in 1904 purchased a building on State Street by famed architect Louis Sullivan , which it occupied until 2007.” VFP 

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