LANSING | Village officials say they’re hopeful a store bearing the Carson’s name will be back in the area in time for this year’s Christmas holiday shopping season.
Carson’s had been a part of the River Oaks Shopping Center in Calumet City until earlier this year, when its parent, Bon-Ton Stores Inc., closed it following what corporate officials described as an ongoing performance review of the company’s assets.
But both Village President Norm Abbott and Trustee Mikal Stole, who chairs the Economic Development Committee, said Tuesday that Carson’s representatives have approached Lansing officials about opening a Carson’s Outlet store in The Landings shopping center, 16753 Torrence Ave.
The Landings is located right across the Little Calumet River from the River Oaks mall. Currently, the closest Carson’s stores are in Hammond at Woodmar Mall and in Matteson at Lincoln Mall.
Stole said Carson’s officials are interested in a storefront by the Chinese buffet located in The Landings, while Abbott said Carson’s officials want to have a store open in November.
“They want to be operating just in time for Christmas,” Abbott said.
Stole said Carson’s is not the only addition The Landings could see in coming months. He said talks are ongoing to put a retail shoe outlet store in the strip mall, while village officials also are trying to find a replacement for the International House of Pancakes restaurant that plans to leave the strip mall for a location a few blocks south on Torrence Avenue.
The proposed Carson's Outlet store would not be the full-scale department store that Carson’s operated at River Oaks. Abbott said he expects an outlet store in Lansing would offer many of the same items that people used to buy when the department store was a major anchor of the River Oaks mall.
Carson’s corporate officials were not available on Wednesday to discuss their intentions for a Lansing-based outlet store.
Abbott said he sees the coming of Carson’s to Lansing as an economic coup for the village, even if he personally doesn’t plan to be among the store’s customers.
“I don’t shop at Carson’s, although my wife used to,” Abbott said.