AUBURN GRESHAM — Another major retail chain is closing stores throughout the region, including one location in Auburn Gresham on the city’s South Side.
Burlington informed customers via email Jan. 18 that the store at 125 W. 87th St. would close in several weeks. While no official date has been announced, a source affiliated with the store told Block Club that it could close for good Feb. 7.
Most of the shelves at the Auburn Gresham store are already empty, as the retailer is offering 20 percent off all items storewide.
Burlington, formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory, has been quietly closing stores in Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind., and Peoria, Ill., since early 2019 as part of its 2018 plan to close or relocate 22 stores nationwide.
The closure comes as development along the 87th Street corridor is on an upward swing; since Burlington’s opening over a decade ago, a number of restaurants and retailers have set up shop, including Home Furniture Outlet, Chipotle and GNC.
Though the announcement may have been a surprise for some neighbors, others noticed the store’s decline years earlier, when inventory started to dwindle and quality of customer service declined, said Chatham leader Worlee Glover, one of the customers who was notified last weekend.
“It was too much space,” he said.
Glover is optimistic that another retailer will quickly fill the vacancy the department store will leave behind. When a nearby Staples closed over a year ago, DD’s Discounts moved in a few months after.
“Burlington …never engaged the community,” Glover said. “It would be great to get another health and wellness store, or a pharmacy in that space.”
A nearby store in suburban Evergreen Park will remain open. Store representatives were unavailable for comment.
Burlington’s announcement follows the high-profile closure of two South Side Target stores in Chatham and Morgan Park in February 2019.
CVS closed a store in Auburn Gresham on the South Side in January.
Walgreens closed a store in Calumet Heights on the South Side in November 2018.
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