Bon-Ton identifies stores it plans to close

01 February, 2018, 01:10 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • The Bon Ton store at the Colonial Park Mall will remain open. Eight other Bon Ton stores in Pennsylvania will close

Bon-Ton President/CEO Bill Tracy said the closures are part of a "comprehensive turnaround plan" the company began in November. Associates at these locations will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at other store locations.

Bon-Ton said it expects to close 47 stores in early 2018. She did not immediately provide a store-by-store breakdown.

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Bon-Ton is not closing the Bergner's at Market Place Mall in Champaign. Bon-Ton has dual headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and York, Pennsylvania. Bon-Ton Spokeswoman Christine Hojnacki did not return phone calls or emails. Sales will run 10 to 12 weeks.

Meanwhile, the department store chain has laid out a restructuring plan that includes opening smaller locations, resetting its inventory to move away from seasonal fashion accessories, and growing its private-label brands. The 100,000-square-foot Younkers was one of two anchor stores - the other is J.C. Penney - that remained in business after Frew Development Group took over the property.

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In December, he said he would like to have a large space that he could aggressively market to a company that would draw in many customers. The Carlisle store is at The Point at Carlisle Plaza shopping mall. "I guess now I'll have to go to Champaign".

"The mall still has dozens and dozens of retailers", he said.

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"I feel sad for the employees at the store and its loyal customers who have feared this for some time", she said.

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