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Bon-Ton warns state of potential closures, could affect 2200 workers

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Twelve Bon-Ton Stores Inc. locations across the state, including three area Boston Stores, will close down.

The closure of the Eau Claire store will affect 93 workers and the closing is permanent. The timetable was not specified.

Our partners at the Milwaukee Business Journal report that according to notices filed with Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and South Dakota, operations at stores would end on June 5, though that could change if the company is able to find a buyer.

The WARN notice mentioned the Bon-Ton on Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem and the distribution center in Whitehall as sites for potential layoffs of 89 and 51 employees, respectively.

In a statement, the company said it is working to complete a sale under a process supervised by bankruptcy court and that it is in active discussions with a potential buyer.

The letter states that one of the store closings will be the Duluth Younkers located at the Miller Hill Mall.

"We are encouraged by the interest in Bon-Ton and we hope that jobs will be preserved through a sale process", the statement said.

The Madison stores are located at East and West Towne Malls.

Two months ago, Bon-Ton announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Boston Store - Bayshore Mall in Glendale. In January, Bon-Ton announced the closing of 42 other stores, including the Boston Store in Beaver Dam that opened in Heritage Village Mall in 2009 and replaced a Hershberger's that had been in the community since 1981. He expects more redevelopment at mall properties as developers look to add more office space, restaurants and other experience-type entities other than just shopping. While that bid would offer a path for Bon-Ton to survive, Reuters reported a competing bid from firms specializing in liquidation was expected to come in at about $740 million.

"If you ask the question - what does Bon-Ton stand for?"

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