Butte Herberger's starts going-out-of-business sale

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Bon-Ton Stores Incorporated announced that the liquidation sales start Friday in 212 stores and websites under the Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, and Younkers names.

"The closure of Herberger's has been on our radar for some time", said Alissa Adams, senior vice president of marketing and business development for the West Acres Mall in Fargo, commenting on fallout from the bankruptcy of Bon-Ton Stores. A bankruptcy court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday to approve the sale and liquidation details. It previously operated stores at Destiny USA in Syracuse, Great Northern Mall in Clay and ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt.

Mays said some who lose their jobs when the stores close might be able to find jobs at other retailers.

While the loss of five Herberger's locations in the Twin Cities represents yet another blow to the local shopping scene, the liquidation of Bon-Ton will likely be felt more acutely outside the metro area, where the Herberger's department store chain got its start almost a century ago. Bon-Ton officials originally sought to sell to an investor group composed of DW Partners, Namdar Realty Group and Washington Prime Group in an attempt to keep at least some of the stores open. LXRandCo now has "shop-in-shop" locations at 14 Bon-Ton stores, located primarily in the greater Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

Customer Debbie Garverich has been shopping at the Butte Herberger's since it opened and is sad to see it close.

Despite reports of the potential for closing, employees on Thursday said they were stunned by the news of the shutdown, because they said the Partridge Creek location was still profitable.

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"We as a state are there to help them retool", said Mays.

While speaking about this bid, the CEO of Bon-Ton stores Mr. Bill Tracy said that the company is pretty upset by the outcome of the bidding session.

The store said shoppers can still make online purchases, and any orders already placed will be delivered.

Elsewhere in central Upstate New York, it operates stores in Watertown, Ithaca, Johnson City and Horseheads.

Bon-Ton is one of two area chains to declare bankruptcy in February.

Thursday was the final day customers could take advantage of the Carson's Rewards program. Toys R Us is also now shutting its USA business.