SouthPark Mall worker: 'It feels like I've been laid off'

SouthPark Mall worker: 'It feels like I've been laid off'

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by BEN THOMPSON / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 5:52 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some workers are desperately waiting for the remaining stores to reopen at SouthPark Mall. 

"It feels like I've been laid off," said Katy Solt, a part-time worker at Abercrombie & Fitch.

Solt, like many others, hasn't been able to work or earn a paycheck as her store remains closed.

She's worked at the retailer during school breaks since May 2011.  She says she misses the work, her co-workers and a paycheck.  She made it clear that she's frustrated with her inability to find another job, not at her place of employment.

"It's a good place to work," Solt said.

The mall shutdown following a partial roof collapse on July 20.  Since then, most of the mall has reopened, with the exception of 15 shops.  A few of the stores are fixing structural issues, but most have water damage.

Among the stores still closed:  Banana Republic, GAP, Gymboree, Godiva, Aldo and Abercrombie & Fitch.

"I hate to see it happen to a store that’s been so good to me and to a bunch of other kids over the years," added Solt.

A junior at the University of South Carolina, Solt said she and many others rely on money from the summer job to pay for school-related expenses in the fall.

"It's book money for school. It's meal plan money. It's rent money."

Solt said she expects to work one shift this weekend as she says the store temporarily reopens for the North Carolina tax-free weekend, often a busy time for retailers.  But with only a few weeks left of her summer break, she's been unable to find another job.

"I've put in job applications but no one wants to hire a kid for two to three weeks before they go back to college."

Simon Properties wouldn't respond to requests for interviews. 

 

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