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Carson's Clearance Outlet in Lansing to close next month

Customers were locked down inside of the Carson's Clearance Center in Lansing this May after a shooting took place near the business. Carson's recently announced it was closing the store in the Landings Shopping Center after just three years in business there.

Carson's Clearance Center plans to close in Lansing next month, another notable loss to the once-thriving retail area around the River Oaks Center mall.

Parent company Bon-Ton Stores Inc. opened the 21,000-square-foot Carson's outlet store in 2013 at 16727 S. Torrence Avenue, in The Landings shopping center just south of the Little Calumet River and River Oaks. It opened shortly after the Carson's anchor department store closed in the regional mall in Calumet City.

Carson's has announced in an ad it would offer an extra 40 percent to 60 percent off of already discounted items at the clearance center for a going-out-of-business liquidation sale. An employee said the store was slated to close in mid to late January. 

A manager declined to comment, and a company spokesman did not immediately return messages.

Carson's, which also has full department stores in Merrillville, Michigan City and Hammond's Woodmar neighborhood, sold apparel, accessories and home items at the clearance center in Lansing. 

A nearby Sports Authority in Calumet City closed earlier this year after what was once the “nation’s preeminent full line sporting goods chain" went bankrupt, shuttering all of its locations nationally.

Target also closed its big box store not far north of the shuttered Lansing retailers at 1717 East-West Road in Calumet City in 2014.

Despite high-profile closures, the heavily trafficked retail area around River Oaks has still attracted new businesses in recent years, including Alta Equipment, Bob’s Discount Furniture and Checkers.

Bon-Ton Stores Inc. reported comparable store sales decreased 1.3 percent in fiscal 2015 as compared with the prior year. Net loss in fiscal 2015 was $57.1 million, or $2.90 per diluted share.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.