Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ald. Sawyer urges Target to reconsider closing of South Side stores #6WardChicago

A press release sent to us tonight regarding the impending closure of Target. Let's see if this makes a difference.
  • Ald. Sawyer urges Target to reconsider closing of South Side stores
    Says corporate divestment will harm South Side community

    CHICAGO (Tuesday, October 30, 2018)--Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6), chair of the Black Caucus of the Chicago City Council, denounced in harsh terms the announced decision to close Target’s two South Side stores. The stores are located in Chatham and in Morgan Park.

    “Target’s closing of the Chatham store will be a devastating blow to our community.

    “This closing will cost our area at least 120 jobs. Although the employer states that employees will be offered the chance to transfer to another Target location, there is no guarantee of employment, and certainly no guarantee that a job with the company will be anywhere near our community.

    “It is ironic that these stores will shutter in February, while the chain is putting finishing touches on two new stores on the North Side, in Logan Square and Rogers Park, both of which already have nearby Target stores. Once the Chatham and Morgan Park stores close, the nearest remaining South Side Targets will be at least 5 miles from this community.

    “It is disappointing that this giant corporation is not willing to address the serious management issues at this store, and to give our community more time and investment in order to continue the economic recovery and to increase its store’s profitability.

    “For all these reasons, I urge Target Corporation to reconsider what amounts to a racially imbalanced policy of development and investment, and keep the South Side Targets in place, rather than abandoning your investment here for the greener pastures of the North Side.”

I also wanted to share this story from CBS 2 with regards to the recently announced closures. Ald. Roderick Sawyer is seen in this video commenting on the closures of the two "Black Target" stores. [VIDEO]

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