This week Target has announced its plan to shut down two of its stores on Chicago’s South Side, which predominately serve the African-American community.
The two stores are located in the Morgan Park and Chatham neighborhoods and both are considered to be area’s anchor stores, due to offering both food and retail options. Additionally, a lot of local seniors rely on Target Pharmacy as the closest location to pick up their prescriptions.
At the press conference held at Target located at 8560 S. Cottage Grove Ave., in the wake of the announced decision Rep. Bobby L. Rush has asked the corporation to postpone the closure date and release store data in order to work with the community on a solution that benefits all parties.
“Target should immediately postpone their closure date. They cannot take our money around the holiday season and then pack up and leave,” said Rush.
The closures are set for February, shortly after the holiday shopping season. According to Target’s official statement, the decision was made after reviewing the stores’ sales performance.
Additionally to shutting down both stores on Chicago’s South Side, Target also closing down a number of other locations throughout the country, including the ones in Brooklyn, Cordova, Tenn. (a suburb of Memphis), as well as Commack, NY, and Greenfield, Wis.