I found this video a while back. It’s about two of the Carson Pirie Scott & Co. locations in the Chicago area, one of which, the one at Edens Plaza in Wilmette, Illinois, was the one I worked at from 1974 to 1976. The video was shot during the going out of business sale in 2018.
I feel funny watching it. Sad, certainly. I start remembering all the people I worked with there and wonder how many of them are also "out of business," as it were. At one point in the video, they show what the place looked like when I worked there, and all I can think is they really put a lot of work into the place in the years after I left. It was hardly the same place when it closed.
Apparently, the store is still there, sitting empty, still with the name on the building. The same is true of the furniture store in another building, which the guy who made the video said was going to be a medical facility of some type.
That got me to wondering about the other stores, especially the main store on State Street, with its Louis B. Sullivan storefront and everything. Part of the first floor is a CVS Pharnmacy, another part is a Target, but the building was ten stories high. What happened to the rest of it? Was it converted to apartments or condos, into offices, or is that just dead air? Seems like an awful waste if it is.