Carson's to close 5 Indiana locations including Circle Centre Mall

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Carson's at Circle Centre Mall will be closing, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the store's parent company, The Bon-Ton Stores.

Bon-Ton is closing 42 stores as part of a turnaround plan announced in November.

The company says store closing sales are scheduled to begin on Feb. 1 and run for about 10 to 12 weeks.

Employees will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at other stores.

Carson's signed a five-year contract extension to stay at Circle Centre Mall, Simon Property Group told RTV6 last January.

Carson's departure means there will be no major department stores at Circle Centre.

Other stores that have closed at the mall include Talbots, LOFT, The Limited, Yankee Candle, American Greetings, GAP and Abercrombie and Fitch.

Visit Indy issued the following statement in regards to Tuesday's announcement. 

"We are confident in Simon’s ability to continue to reinvent what an urban mall looks like, an issue other major cities are facing nationwide.

Moreover, we are confident in their commitment to our community."

In total, five Carson's in Indiana are closing including stores in Anderson, Columbus, Elkhart and Marion.

Shoppers in Anderson were sad to hear the news.

"I'm very disappointed its closing. I have a group of friends that meet here every Thursday for lunch. All uf us are avid Carson's shoppers," said Darlene Miller, shopper.

"I'm very sorry this store is closing. Look around in Anderson. There really is nothing here. The only big store here now is Kohls," said Lois Ivey, shopper.

Since 2006 there have only been seven malls constructed in the U.S. The previous 10 years there were 54, according to Dr. Matt Will, University of Indianapolis Associate Professor of Finance.

While the future of malls is in doubt, Anderson's mayor still has a positive vision for the future of his community.

"I can't say that I'm surprised. We are disappointed. It's just one piece of the puzzle. I know we will continue to bring in more development," said Mayor Thomas Broderick, Anderson.



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