Liquidation alert: Bon-Ton preparing to say bon voyage to all its 250 stores

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Liquidation alert: Bon-Ton preparing to say bon voyage to all its 250 stores
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Another day, another massive liquidation announcement.

On the heels of the Toys R Us liquidation, we’re now getting word that iconic Midwestern department store Bon-Ton and its related brands will begin the process of winding down operations after a storied 160-year history.

RELATED: These major retailers are closing stores in 2018

Bon-Ton ready to take a final bow

Bon-Ton may not have the national presence of a Sears, Macy’s or even a Toys R Us. But to shoppers across 23 states, the store has been an icon of retail since 1854 with 256 stores today in operation throughout the Midwest, Northeast and upper Great Plains.

In addition to its flagship brand, Bon-Ton also owns six other nameplates that are indelibly etched in the memories of generations — Boston Store, Younkers, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman and Herberger’s.

But now that’s all coming to an end. On April 17, Bon-Ton announced that its going to be liquidating its retail locations as the result of a bankruptcy-court supervised auction.

“While we are disappointed by this outcome and tried very hard to identify bidders interested in operating the business as a going concern,” Bill Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “we are committed to working constructively with the winning bidder to ensure an orderly wind-down of operations.”

Exact details of the liquidation plan are expected after an April 18 date in bankruptcy court. We’ll keep you updated here.

In the meantime, here’s a look at all the retail locations listed on the Bon-Ton website.

Colorado

  • Grand Junction: Herberger’s Grand Junction, 2424 US Hwy 6 & 50
    Idaho
  • Chubbuck: Herberger’s Chubbuck, 4235 Yellowstone Ave

Illinois

  • Aurora: Carson’s Clearance Center Aurora, 970 North Lake Street
  • Aurora: Carson’s Aurora, 3 Fox Valley Center Drive
  • Bloomingdale: Carson’s Bloomingdale, 4 Stratford Square
  • Bloomington: Bergner’s Bloomington, 1601 Empire Street
  • Bourbonnais: Carson’s Bourbonnais, 1602 North State Rt. 50
  • Champaign: Bergner’s Champaign, 2000 North Neil Street
  • Chicago: Carson’s Chicago, 120 South Riverside Plaza
  • Chicago: Carson’s Chicago, 7601 South Cicero Avenue
  • Chicago Ridge: Carson’s Chicago Ridge, 9800 South Ridgeland Avenue
  • Danville: Carson’s Danville, 2917 N. Vermillion
  • DeKalb: Carson’s DeKalb, 2550 Sycamore Rd.
  • Dundee: Carson’s Dundee, 4000 Spring Hill Mall
  • Evergreen Park: Carson’s Evergreen Park, 9700 S. Western Avenue
  • Forsyth: Bergner’s Forsyth, 1005 Hickory Point Mall
  • Galesburg: Bergner’s Galesburg, 1150 West Carl Sandburg Drive
  • Joliet: Carson’s Joliet, 3340 Mall Loop Drive
  • Lincolnwood: Carson’s Lincolnwood, 3333 West Touhy
  • Lombard: Carson’s Furniture Gallery Lombard, 2 Yorktown Mall Drive
  • Lombard: Carson’s Lombard, 230 Yorktown Shopping Center
  • Mattoon: Carson’s Mattoon, 700 Broadway E.
  • Moline: Younkers Moline, 4200 16th Street
  • Morton Grove: Carson’s Clearance Center Morton Grove, 7234 Dempster St.
  • Mount Prospect: Carson’s Mount Prospect, 1025 Center Drive
  • Naperville: Carson’s Furniture Clearance Center Naperville, 1835 Jefferson Ave.
  • Norridge: Carson’s Norridge, 4200 N. Harlem Avenue
  • North Riverside: Carson’s North Riverside, 7505 West Cermak Road
  • Orland Park: Carson’s Orland Park, 4 Orland Square
  • Orland Park: Carson’s Furniture Gallery Orland Park, 66 Orland Square
  • Pekin: Bergner’s Pekin, 3536 Court Street
  • Peoria: Bergner’s Peoria, 4125 North Sheridan Road
  • Peoria: Bergner’s Peoria, 5203 West War Memorial Dr.
  • Peru: Bergner’s Peru, 3940 Route 251
  • Quincy: Bergner’s Quincy, 3347 Broadway
  • Rockford: Bergner’s Rockford, 7200 Harrison Avenue
  • Saint Charles: Carson’s Saint Charles, 3850 East Main Street
  • Schaumburg: Carson’s Furniture Gallery Schaumburg, 830 East Golf Road
  • Springfield: Bergner’s Springfield, 2501 West Wabash
  • Sterling: Bergner’s Sterling, 2900 East Lincolnway
  • Vernon Hills: Carson’s Furniture Gallery Vernon Hills, 480 Ring Drive
  • Vernon Hills: Carson’s Vernon Hills, 3 Hawthorne Center
  • Wilmette: Carson’s Furniture Gallery Wilmette, 3232 Lake Avenue, Ste 330
  • Wilmette: Carson’s Wilmette, 3200 Lake Avenue

Indiana

  • Anderson: Carson’s Anderson, 2101 State Road 109
  • Columbus: Carson’s Columbus, 2104 25th St.
  • Elkhart: Carson’s Elkhart, 3701 S. Main
  • Fort Wayne: Carson’s Fort Wayne, 4201 Coldwater Road
  • Hammond: Carson’s Hammond, 6600 Indianapolis Boulevard
  • Indianapolis: Carson’s Indianapolis, One W. Washington St.
  • Jasper: Carson’s Jasper, 3875 Newton St.
  • Kokomo: Carson’s Kokomo, 1540 East Blvd.
  • Marion: Carson’s Marion, 1129 N. Baldwin
  • Merrillville: Carson’s Merrillville, 1995 Southlake Mall
  • Michigan City: Carson’s Michigan City, 305 West US 20
  • Muncie: Carson’s Muncie, 3501 N. Granville Ave.
  • Richmond: Elder-Beerman Richmond, 601 Promenade
  • Terre Haute: Carson’s Terre Haute, 3401 S US Highway 41
  • Warsaw: Carson’s Warsaw, 2856 Frontage

Iowa

  • Ames: Younkers Ames, 2801 North Grand Mall
  • Cedar Falls: Younkers Cedar Falls, 6301 University Avenue
  • Cedar Rapids: Younkers Cedar Rapids, 2800 Edgewood Road SW
  • Cedar Rapids: Younkers Cedar Rapids, 4444 1st Avenue NE
  • Coralville: Younkers Coralville, 1421 Coral Ridge Avenue
  • Davenport: Younkers Davenport, 320 West Kimberly Road
  • Des Moines: Younkers Des Moines, 3800 Merle Hay Rd
  • Des Moines: Younkers Des Moines, 1111 E Army Post Road, Suite 2003
  • Dubuque: Younkers Dubuque, 555 John F. Kennedy Road
  • Fort Dodge: Younkers Fort Dodge, 217 S. 25th Street Suite 33
  • Marshalltown: Younkers Marshalltown, 2500 South Center Street
  • Mason City: Younkers Mason City, 102 South Delaware
  • Muscatine: Younkers Muscatine, 1903 Park Ave.
  • Ottumwa: Herberger’s Ottumwa, 1110 Quincy Avenue
  • Sioux City: Younkers Sioux City, 4380 Sergeant Road
  • Waterloo: Younkers Waterloo, 2060 Crossroads Boulevard
  • West Burlington: Younkers West Burlington, 550 South Gear
  • West Des Moines: Younkers West Des Moines, 1551 Valley West Drive, Suite 200
  • West Des Moines: Younkers West Des Moines, 101 Jordan Creek Parkway Suite 6000

Kentucky

  • Ashland: Elder-Beerman Ashland, 10699 U.S. Route 60
  • Frankfort: Elder-Beerman Frankfort, 202 Limestone Dr.
    Maryland
  • LaVale: Bon-Ton LaVale, 1262 Vocke Rd
    Massachusetts
  • Westfield: Bon-Ton Westfield, 443 East Main St.

Michigan

  • Adrian: Elder-Beerman Adrian, 1357 S. Main St.
  • Benton Harbor: Carson’s Benton Harbor, 1800 Pipestone Rd.
  • Clinton Township: Carson’s Clinton Township, 17480 Hall Rd
  • Coldwater: Younkers Coldwater, 373 North Willowbrook Rd., Suite Z
  • Fort Gratiot Township: Carson’s Fort Gratiot Township, 4450 24th Avenue
  • Grandville: Younkers Grandville, 3668 Rivertown Parkway
  • Holland: Younkers Holland, 12331 James Street
  • Howell: Carson’s Howell, 3599 E. Grand River Ave.
  • Jackson: Younkers Jackson, 1826 W. Michigan Ave.
  • Lansing: Younkers Lansing, 5220 West Saginaw Highway
  • Livonia: Carson’s Livonia, 17625 Newburgh Rd.
  • Midland: Younkers Midland, 6830 Eastman Ave.
  • Monroe: Carson’s Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St.
  • Muskegon: Younkers Muskegon, 5580 Harvey Street
  • Okemos: Younkers Okemos, 1982 W. Grand River Avenue
  • Rochester Hills: Carson’s Rochester Hills, 400 N. Adams Rd.
  • Traverse City: Younkers Traverse City, 1776 South Garfield Avenue

Minnesota

  • Albert Lea: Herberger’s Albert Lea, 2440 Bridge Avenue
  • Alexandria: Herberger’s Alexandria, 3015 Hwy 29 S
  • Austin: Younkers Austin, 1405 18th Ave NW
  • Baxter: Herberger’s Baxter, 14136 Baxter Drive, Suite 1
  • Bemidji: Herberger’s Bemidji, 1201 Paul Bunyan Dr SE
  • Blaine: Herberger’s Blaine, 301 Northtown Dr NE
  • Bloomington: Herberger’s Bloomington, 7831 Southtown Ctr
  • Duluth: Younkers Duluth, 1600 Miller Trunk Highway
  • Edina: Herberger’s Edina, 300 Southdale Ctr
  • Fergus Falls: Herberger’s Fergus Falls, 2001 West Lincoln Ave
  • Mankato: Herberger’s Mankato, 1850 Adams Street
  • Maplewood: Herberger’s Clearance Center Maplewood, 1717 Beam Ave
  • Moorhead: Herberger’s Moorhead, 400 Center Avenue
  • New Ulm: Herberger’s New Ulm, 110 North Minnesota Street
  • Rochester: Herberger’s Rochester, 1201 SW 12 Street
  • Roseville: Herberger’s Roseville, 1675 West Highway 36
  • St. Cloud: Herberger’s St. Cloud, 600 W. Saint Germain Street
  • St. Paul: Herberger’s St. Paul, 1400 University Ave W
  • Stillwater: Herberger’s Stillwater, 2001 Washington Avenue
  • Virginia: Herberger’s Virginia, 1440 South 12th Avenue
  • Willmar: Herberger’s Willmar, 1605 1st Street

Montana

  • Billings: Herberger’s Billings, 300 S 24 Street W
  • Butte: Herberger’s Butte, 3100 Harrison Avenue
  • Great Falls: Herberger’s Great Falls, 1200 10th Avenue S
  • Havre: Herberger’s Havre, 1753 Hwy 2 NW
  • Kalispell: Herberger’s Kalispell, 20 N Main St
  • Missoula: Herberger’s Missoula, 2901 Brooks Street

Nebraska

  • Grand Island: Younkers Grand Island, 3404 West 13th Street
  • Hastings: Herberger’s Hastings, 3001 West 12th
  • Kearney: Herberger’s Kearney, 4915 2nd Avenue
  • Lincoln: Younkers Lincoln, 6100 O Street
  • Norfolk: Herberger’s Norfolk, 1700 Market Lane
  • North Platte: Herberger’s North Platte, 1100 South Dewey
  • Omaha: Younkers Omaha, 707 N. 102nd St.
  • Omaha: Younkers Omaha, 3201 South 144th Street
  • Scottsbluff: Herberger’s Scottsbluff, 2302 Frontage Road

New Hampshire

  • Concord: Bon-Ton Concord, 270 Loudon Rd.

New Jersey

  • Brick: Bon-Ton Brick, 80 Brick Plaza
  • Phillipsburg: Bon-Ton Phillipsburg, 1200 Highway 22 E.

New York

  • Blasdell: Bon-Ton Blasdell, 3701 McKinley Pkwy
  • Buffalo: Bon-Ton Buffalo, 1706 Sheridan Dr.
  • Camillus: Bon-Ton Camillus, 5301 W. Genesee
  • Horseheads: Bon-Ton Horseheads, Horseheads, NY 14845
  • Ithaca: Bon-Ton Ithaca, 40 Catherwood Rd
  • Johnson City: Bon-Ton Johnson City, 607-635 Harry L. Dr. Oakdale Mall
  • Lakewood: Bon-Ton Lakewood, 318 Fairmount Ave.
  • Lockport: Bon-Ton Lockport, 5737 S. Transit Rd
  • Newburgh: Bon-Ton Newburgh, 1401 Rte. 300 Suite 139
  • Niagara Falls: Bon-Ton Niagara Falls, 6929 Williams Rd.
  • Olean: Bon-Ton Olean, 402 N. Union St.
  • Queensbury: Bon-Ton Queensbury, 578 Aviation Rd.
  • Saratoga Springs: Bon-Ton Saratoga Springs, 3065 Rt. 50
  • Watertown: Bon-Ton Watertown, 21073 Salmon Run Mall
  • West Seneca: Bon-Ton West Seneca, 1090 Union Rd.
  • Williamsville: Bon-Ton Williamsville, 4545 Transit Rd

North Dakota

  • Bismarck: Herberger’s Bismarck, 641 Kirkwood Mall
  • Dickinson: Herberger’s Dickinson, 1611 3rd Avenue W
  • Fargo: Herberger’s Fargo, 3902 13th Avenue S
  • Minot: Herberger’s Minot, 2400 10th Street SW

Ohio

  • Alliance: Elder-Beerman Alliance, 2500 W. State St.
  • Athens: Elder-Beerman Athens, 1004 E. State St.
  • Beavercreek: Elder-Beerman Beavercreek, 2727 Fairfield Commons
  • Bowling Green: Elder-Beerman Bowling Green, 1234 N. Main St.
  • Chillicothe: Elder-Beerman Chillicothe, 1080 N. Bridge St.
  • Dayton: Elder-Beerman Dayton, 2050 E. Dorothy Ln.
  • Dayton: Elder-Beerman Furniture Gallery Dayton, 2400 State Route 725
  • Dayton: Elder-Beerman Dayton, 2700 State Rt. 725
  • Defiance: Elder-Beerman Defiance, 1500 N. Clinton St.
  • Findlay: Elder-Beerman Findlay, 1800 Tiffin Ave.
  • Huber Heights: Elder-Beerman Huber Heights, 8221 Old Troy Pike
  • Lancaster: Elder-Beerman Lancaster, 1730 River Valley Cir N
  • Marion: Elder-Beerman Marion, 1475 Marion-Waldo
  • New Philadelphia: Elder-Beerman New Philadelphia, 400 Mill Ave.
  • Newark: Elder-Beerman Newark, 771 30th St.
  • Piqua: Elder-Beerman Piqua, 987 E. Ash St.
  • Sandusky: Elder-Beerman Sandusky, 4314 Milan Rd.
  • Toledo: Elder-Beerman Toledo, 3301 Secor Road
  • Wooster: Elder-Beerman Wooster, 4095 Burbank Rd.
  • Zanesville: Elder-Beerman Zanesville, 3575 Maple Ave.

Pennsylvania

  • Allentown: Bon-Ton Allentown, 3300 Lehigh St
  • Bethlehem: Bon-Ton Bethlehem, 2524 Schoenersville Rd.
  • Bloomsburg: Bon-Ton Bloomsburg, 225 Columbia Mall Dr.
  • Camp Hill: Bon-Ton Camp Hill, 3525 Gettysburg Road
  • Carlisle: Bon-Ton Carlisle, 750 E. High St.
  • Chambersburg: Bon-Ton Chambersburg, 100 Chambersburg Mall
  • Cranberry: Bon-Ton Cranberry, 6945 U.S. 322
  • Doylestown: Bon-Ton Doylestown, 456 N. Main St.
  • DuBois: Bon-Ton DuBois, 300 Commons Dr
  • Easton: Bon-Ton Easton, 146 Palmer Park Mall
  • Erie: Bon-Ton Erie, 810 Mill Creek Mall Road
  • Greensburg: Bon-Ton Greensburg, 5256 Route 30
  • Hanover: Bon-Ton Hanover, 400 Eisenhower Drive
  • Harrisburg: Bon-Ton Harrisburg, 4600 Jonestown Rd.
  • Indiana: Bon-Ton Indiana, 2334 Oakland Ave. Suite 35
  • Johnstown: Bon-Ton Clearance Center Johnstown, 550 Galleria Drive
  • Johnstown: Bon-Ton Johnstown, 550 Galleria Dr.
  • Lancaster: Bon-Ton Furniture Gallery Lancaster, 870 Plaza Blvd.
  • Lancaster: Bon-Ton Lancaster, 600 Park City Center
  • Lewistown: Bon-Ton Lewistown, 111 E. Market St.
  • Pennsdale: Bon-Ton Pennsdale, 300 Lycoming Mall Cir
  • Quakertown: Bon-Ton Quakertown, 751 SW End Blvd.
  • Selinsgrove: Bon-Ton Selinsgrove, 3 Susquehanna Valley Mall
  • State College: Bon-Ton State College, 2901 E. College Ave.
  • Stroudsburg: Bon-Ton Stroudsburg, Rte. 611 & Bridge St.
  • Trexlertown: Bon-Ton Trexlertown, 6900 Hamilton Blvd.
  • Uniontown: Bon-Ton Uniontown, 1800 Mall Run Road
  • Warren: Bon-Ton Warren, 4000 Market St.
  • Washington: Bon-Ton Washington, 1500 W. Chestnut St.
  • Wilkes-Barre: Bon-Ton Wilkes-Barre, 14 Wyoming Valley Mall
  • Wyoming: Bon-Ton Wyoming, 1066 Wyoming Ave
  • Wyomissing: Bon-Ton Wyomissing, 1665 State Hill Road
  • York: Bon-Ton York, 2081 Springwood Rd.
  • York: Bon-Ton York, 2899 Whiteford Road #282

South Dakota

  • Aberdeen: Herberger’s Aberdeen, 3315 6th Ave SE
  • Rapid City: Herberger’s Rapid City, 2200 North Maple
  • Sioux Falls: Younkers Sioux Falls, 3500 W Empire Mall
  • Watertown: Herberger’s Watertown, 1300 9th Avenue SE
    Utah
  • Logan: Herberger’s Logan, 1300 N. Main Street Ste. 100
    West Virginia
  • Bridgeport: Elder-Beerman Bridgeport, 2700 Meadowbrook Mall
  • Charleston: Elder-Beerman Charleston, 5700 MacCorkle Avenue SE
  • Hurricane: Elder-Beerman Hurricane, 200 Liberty Square Shopping Center
  • Martinsburg: Bon-Ton Martinsburg, 800 Foxcroft Avenue
  • Morgantown: Elder-Beerman Morgantown, 9550 Mall Rd.

Wisconsin

  • Appleton: Younkers Appleton, 4301 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Beaver Dam: Boston Store Beaver Dam, 1645 North Spring Street
  • Beloit: Elder-Beerman Beloit, 100 Beloit Mall
  • Brookfield: Boston Store Brookfield, 15875 West Bluemound Road
  • Brookfield: Boston Store Furniture Gallery Brookfield, 18615 West Bluemound Road
  • Eau Claire: Younkers Eau Claire, 4850 Golf Road
  • Fond Du Lac: Younkers Fond Du Lac, 755 West Johnson Street
  • Glendale: Boston Store Glendale, 5701 N Lydell Ave
  • Green Bay: Younkers Green Bay, 101 Bay Park Square
  • Green Bay: Younkers Furniture Gallery Green Bay, 201 Bay Park Square
  • Greendale: Boston Store Greendale, 5300 South 76th Street
  • Janesville: Boston Store Janesville, 2500 Milton Avenue
  • La Crosse: Herberger’s La Crosse, 3900 State Road 16
  • Madison: Boston Store Madison, 36 West Towne Mall
  • Madison: Boston Store Madison, 53 East Towne Mall
  • Manitowoc: Younkers Manitowoc, 700 E Magnolia Avenue
  • Marinette: Younkers Marinette, 2600 Roosevelt Road
  • Marshfield: Younkers Marshfield, 503 East Ives
  • Milwaukee: Boston Store Milwaukee, 331 West Wisconsin Avenue
  • Milwaukee: Boston Store Clearance Center Milwaukee, 5659 S 27th St
  • Plover: Younkers Plover, 1780 Plover Rd
  • Racine: Boston Store Racine, 5500 Durand Avenue
  • Rice Lake: Herberger’s Rice Lake, 2900 South Main
  • Sheboygan Falls: Boston Store Sheboygan Falls, 4030 WI-28
  • Sturgeon Bay: Younkers Sturgeon Bay, 58 North 3rd Avenue
  • Superior: Younkers Superior 69 N 28th St E
  • Wausau: Younkers Wausau, 300 Forest Street
  • Wauwatosa: Boston Store Wauwatosa, 2400 North Mayfair Road
  • West Bend: Boston Store West Bend, 1291 W. Paradise Drive

Wyoming

  • Rock Springs: Herberger’s Rock Springs, 2445 Foothill Boulevard

This is exactly why retail gift cards are dangerous

We’re in a very volatile retail environment. It’s one in which iconic stores that are here today and have been for decades could be gone tomorrow.

This is exactly why money expert Clark Howard says you should avoid buying retail gift cards — and restaurant gift cards for that matter, too.

If you choose to buy a gift card, you need to so with the full faith that the store is going to be there when you visit it! But in the cold reality of today’s challenging retail world, that’s far from a guarantee.

Clark’s alternative? Give cash instead! There’s no expiration date, it never goes out of style and any store will accept it!

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring savings tips to that unique subset of individuals. He can be reached at theo@clark.com.
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