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Target: A New Retailer In an Old Loop Store?

By Anthonia Akitunde in News on Jan 17, 2010 10:00PM

The future home of a Target store? Photo by quantumjedi
Since its closing in the winter of 2007, the historic South Loop location of Carson Pirie Scott has stayed relatively empty. But a big-box store chain may have its eyes on the space as a future home, according to the Sun-Times.

Target is in leasing talks with Joseph Freed & Associates, LLC, to move into the former department store, the Sun-Times reports. According to a firm spokesperson, Freed is in talks with many retailers, with Target being one of them. Flat Top Grill is the only retail store in the building; a number of offices occupy the building as well. If Target were to move in, the store would include a grocery store, the report said.

The building, now known as the Sullivan Center, has a rich history. It was designed by well-known architect Louis Sullivan more than 110 years ago and served as the home of Carson Pirie Scott's flagship store for 102 years, the report said.

Other retailers and businesses have shown interest in the building in the past. Fox and Obel, Whole Foods and Canyon Ranch resorts were all at one point interested in calling 1 S. State Street home, but fell through for one reason or another.