DuBOIS — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced Wednesday that 42 locations will be closed — including its DuBois store located on Commons Drive — as part of its store rationalization program.
“As part of the comprehensive turnaround plan we announced in November, we are taking the next steps in our efforts to move forward with a more productive store footprint,” said Bill Tracy, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores. “Including other recently announced store closures, we expect to close a total of 47 stores in early 2018. We remain focused on executing our key initiatives to drive improved performance in an effort to strengthen our capital structure to support the business going forward.”
Mr. Tracy continued, “We would like to thank the loyal customers who have shopped at these locations and express deep gratitude to our team of hard-working associates for their commitment to Bon-Ton and to serving our customers.”
In order to ensure a seamless experience for customers, Bon-Ton has partnered with a third-party liquidator, Hilco Merchant Resources, to help manage the store closing sales. The store closing sales are scheduled to begin on Feb. 1 and run for approximately 10 to 12 weeks.
Associates at these locations will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at other store locations.
When the Courier Express contacted the company’s media representative Christine Hojnacki, she did not say how many employees would be impacted in DuBois by the closure.
Aside from the DuBois store, other stores in Pennsylvania that are scheduled to close include: State College, Johnstown, Erie, Selinsgrove, Stroudsburg, and Trexlertown.
Hojnacki said that once the DuBois store is closed, the closest location will be one hour away in Indiana.