The company counts 250 stores and e-commerce websites in all with 38 already in liquidation, according to the news release; the 212 remaining units start going-out-of-business sales Friday.
Bon-Ton will provide more details about the liquidation plans and going-out-of-business sales at its stores once the bankruptcy court issues an approval of the winning bid, according to the announcement. Bon-Ton now has 250 stores, 38 of which are already in liquidation from a previously announced store closure process. On Wednesday, a judge approved the liquidation of all 256 Bon-Ton Stores Inc. stores, including Elder-Beerman, as part of bankruptcy court proceedings.
A spokesperson for Bon-Ton did not respond to messages seeking comment regarding Montana's six Herberger's stores.
The Bon-Ton Stores, a chain of department stores that trace its origins to 1854, applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February.
Mall owners say they are actively searching for new tenants to fill the gaps created by the store closings.
The wind down of the Bon-Ton stores is expected to take two to three months.
Bon-Ton, it continued, is "committed to minimizing the impact of this development on our associates, customers, vendors and the communities we serve".
Laura Gardner, manager at Job Service Kalispell, said she had been in contact with store management to help them connect their current employees with opportunities after the store shuts down for good. Carson said she seldom drives to nearby bigger cities to shop.
One store, a highly visible location and longtime anchor tenant at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, occupies 158,000 square feet. "For example, you could see grocery stores. or multiple medical offices or facilities filling those spaces".