Department store retailer begins store closing sales

The Bon-Ton Stores has taken another step with plans to reduce its store footprint.

The retailer said that store closing sales are underway at 42 select locations. The move is part of the company's previously announced “store rationalization” program and recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing.

The in-store sales will take place at Bon-Ton branded stores as well as other the retail nameplates owned by the retailer, including Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, and Younkers. The company said more stores are expected to be added to the store closing process.

The store closing sales are being conducted by a joint venture consisting of Gordon Brothers and Hilco Merchant Resources.

Bon-ton operates 256 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates.