More than 180 losing jobs as Circuit City distribution center closes

By Arnold Wyrick

MARION, IL (KFVS) - The nation's economy hits southern Illinois directly with the announcement of Circuit City's distribution center in Marion shutting down.  The company announced plans to shutter all of it's retail operations last week.  More that 30,000 employees will lose their jobs nationwide.

The number of workers affected by the shutdown in Marion tops 180 people.
"It's certainly as bad as a kick in the shines," said Marion Mayor Bob Butler.  "We figure about 30 percent of the people employed at Circuit City live in Marion.  The rest of the workers come from a five county area surrounding us."
The massive building encompasses 27 acres under roof.  Mayor Butler says the loss of jobs will affect more than just the businesses in the Marion area.

"People are losing income and that means they don't have money to spend.  And that affects the local businesses located in Marion, and the surrounding region," Butler said.  "It's not a good thing that's for sure.  But, on the other hand it's not the end of the world and we expect things will turn around."

The company is giving employees 60 days pay and benefits while they shutdown the facility in Marion.