At the store Sunday afternoon, employees leaving declined to speak on-camera.
Signs taped to doors at the stores two entrances informed shoppers of the move.
The store's financially-strapped parent company explained, in a letter to employees, that those in “good standing" will be given the chance to work for two weeks at nearby stores and that there's a chance for permanent employment for some.
Matteson’s Village President, Sheila Charmers-Currin, addressed the move, speaking with members of the press, joined by members of the village board and local elected officials, including Democratic Rep.
Village officials have said they plan to re-develop the land, likely converting into a mixed-use residential and business facility.