Sioux City Younkers to close, according to reports

Bon-Ton operates two Younkers stores in Omaha at Oak View and Westroads Malls and one at Gateway Mall in Lincoln.

One liquidator group estimated their initial bid was worth about $650 million, according to a creditor representative who spoke to Reuters.

Late last week, it notified officials across its 23-state footprint of potential store and fulfillment center closures, including locations in Lancaster, York, Bethlehem and Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

Once the company selects a winning bidder and the proposed deal is approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Reuters says the liquidator can begin selling the inventory, store leases, fixtures and intellectual property.

Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., has 250 stores operating under several names.

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The company's stores include Carson's, Younkers, Elder-Beerman, Bergner's, Boston Store, and Herberger's, as well as Bon-Ton.

Younkers' parent company, sent Iowa Workforce Development a notice April 5 impacting about 571 employees at stores in Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Des Moines, Dubuque, Sioux City and West Des Moines. Reports said that Bon-Ton was a major anchor tenant in the investor group's malls and they anxious that a mass liquidation at Bon-Ton would hurt the value of their properties.

Online shopping, which has affected all brick-and-mortar retailers by reducing mall traffic, hit Bon-Ton particularly hard.

The company, founded in 1898, has headquarters in York, Pennsylvania, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Great American also is part of the Toys R Us liquidation.

Among those in the Westdale Mall location in Cedar Rapids, that was announced earlier this year.

  • Sonia Alvarado