Economy

Younkers in Superior's Mariner Mall to close

Younkers in Superior's Mariner Mall to close

Retailer Bon-Ton announced Wednesday that it plans to close more than 40 nationwide locations - including six Carson's stores and one Bergner's in IL. However, the location at Trexlertown, Lehigh County will be closed.

Bon-Ton's President and CEO says it's part of a comprehensive turnaround and the company is taking the next steps towards a more productive store footprint. This comes as the retailer released plans to close 47 locations nationwide during the early part of 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".

Closings also will hit stores operating under Bon-Ton's other nameplates, which include Younkers and Elder-Beerman.

The store, which was the only Herberger's outlet in the country, is expected to close in 10 to 12 weeks, according to a store employee.

In addition to the Watertown store, a Bon-Ton in Queensbury, NY is closing.

Bon-Ton previously announced the closings of five additional locations as well.

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Miller said she was saddened to hear the department store and mall anchor is closing.

Sales are planned in the stores beginning at the end of the week and will run for about three months.

At Aviation Mall, Bon-Ton will begin a store closing sale on Thursday, company officials said.

The Fox River Mall store location first opened as H.C.Prange's in 1986.

"The owners of the mall need to decide where to go from here", Mayor Robert Mielke said.

"When stores are in a community that long, they become rooted in people's memories", he said.