Politicians, Activists Rally To Save 2 South Side Target Stores

The next move by the group is a protest and boycott Target on Black Friday.

Rob Hart
November 12, 2018 - 2:45 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A congressman, a candidate for mayor, and community activists were on hand Monday for a rally to save two Target Stores on the South Side. 

"Keep Target open. Keep Target open."

Congressman Bobby Rush led the chants outside the Target at Clark and Roosevelt in the South Loop.  He said he will meet Thursday with Target Corporation officials as he tries to save two stores - in Chatham and Morgan Park - that are slated for closure. The company said they are underperforming.

Congressman Rush said he doesn't believe that, because he said the parking lots are always full.

"Every time I've been there, the parking lots are full.  The lines are the cash register are long.  You have to wait for a long time to make your purchases," Rush said. "We want you to prove that they are underperforming, and not only that, we want you to rescind that decision."

Congressman Rush believes the stores provide an essential service to the South Side.

"The senior citizens can go and get medicine at a convenient place," Rush said.

Rush said activists will keep up the pressure campaign until Target relents.  Rush is promising a boycott and protest on Black Friday.

Deborah Burns, a Target regular, said she will not shop there until Target changes its mind.  She blames one factor for the decision to close the stores.

"Greed. Greed. More greed, greed, greed," Burns said.

Candidate for Mayor Gery Chico was on hand.  He said he will boycott Target until the company reverses its decision.