Oprah Closing up Her Shop After Show Ends
(Chicago Sun Times) — Now that the queen of TV talk is leaving town, the Oprah Store on the Near West Side is closing. Oprah Winfrey’s venture into retail opened to high hopes and hype in early 2008 at 37 N. Carpenter, near her studio. It stocked more than 700 items chosen to reflect her style and themes explored on her show. The 5,500-square-foot store was seen as a promise of more tourist dollars for the Near West Side. But some in the area said it didn’t draw enough customers beyond the people who attended her tapings. Don Halcombe, spokesman for Oprah’s Harpo Inc., said the company is “narrowing our focus to our core mission of TV production.” He said the store will close in June after a clearance sale.