Kristin Mack, a spokeswoman for VCHI, said the new owners wanted to focus on a core group of stores. She didn’t have any information as to how those stores were selected.
Don Brackenhoff, the city of
“The hardest thing for us is the people who will lose their jobs,” Brackenhoff said.
“People have worked there for years, and to find out like this, it’s very unfortunate, very sad.”
The closing is one of the first blows to the local economy in 2008. In 2007, Midway Mall lost one major tenant, Dillard’s, which said it was closing because it was underperforming, and the JCPenney store might be next as the company has announced it will open a store at Center and Chester roads in Avon.
Chris Baker, executive director of South Elyria Neighborhood Development, said losing what many in the neighborhood consider the “south-side mall” is a great loss.
“It’s really disappointing,” she said. “There’s really nothing else around. You can’t even go to the mall, because that’s declining. What can you say? The economy’s bad and things are tough everywhere.”
Brackenhoff said the
“I don’t think it’s an indicator of just
Currently, Value City Department Stores operates 113 stores in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and southeastern
Customer Will Alvarez said while it’s a shame the store is closing, it’s easy to find the brighter side with lower prices — even if they’re temporary.
“It’s too bad, because
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