Jasper Carson’s store to close

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

JASPER — There will soon be a large vacancy in the Germantown Shopping Center on Jasper’s north side.

The Carson’s store, which began as an Elder-Beerman store in 2000, will close its doors following the bankruptcy of its parent company, Bon-Ton.

“I hate that that’s happening because it is a big part of our community,” said Nancy Eckerle, executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.

Liquidation sales will start soon at all stores owned by Bon-Ton — Carson’s, Bergner’s, Herberger’s, Elder-Beerman, Bon-Ton, Younkers and Boston Stores — Bon-Ton said in a press release Wednesday following the Bankruptcy Court’s approval of the sale of Bon-Ton’s assets to liquidators Great American Group LLC and Tiger Capital Group.

”While we are disappointed by this outcome and tried very hard to identify bidders interested in operating the business as a going concern, we are committed to working constructively with the winning bidder to ensure an orderly wind-down of operations that minimizes the impact of this development on our associates, customers, vendors and the communities we serve,” said Bon-Ton President and CEO Bill Tracy. “We are incredibly grateful to all of our associates for their dedicated service to Bon-Ton and to our millions of loyal customers who we have had the pleasure to serve as their hometown store for more than 160 years.”

Regency Properties of Evansville owns the Germantown Shopping Center in which the Jasper Carson’s store is located, and Director of Marketing Jessica Wildeman said the company is already looking for a new tenant for the space.

“Jasper is an important market for us,” Wildeman said.

While store closures are often treated as sad affairs, Wildeman said Regency likes to treat them as opportunities to fill new needs in the communities they serve.

The upcoming Carson’s closure comes at a time of change for the retail landscape in Jasper. J.C. Penney closed last summer; it was located in the Jasper Manor Shopping Center.

Office retailer Staples, which was located on the city’s north side, also closed last year.

However, some new retail is on the horizon for the area.

JOANN Fabrics and Crafts will open in the Germantown Shopping Center in May and a Ross Dress for Less will open soon in Jasper’s North Ridge Shopping Center.

 




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