Bon-Ton Stores liquidation sales start tomorrow

A shopper leaves the Boston Store on Friday, April 6, 2018, at Madison's West Towne Mall, just hours after its parent company, Bon-Ton, said it would close nine Boston Stores in Wisconsin, including those at East Towne and West Towne malls in Madison. Bon-Ton said liquidation sales at 238 of its stores would start Friday. 

Shoppers in Madison will have about three months to buy clothes, shoes and home furnishings at its two Boston Stores before they close.

Bon-Ton Stores, the parent company of Boston Store, Younkers and several other department stores, said Thursday that going-out-of-business sales at 212 of its 250 stores — including the two in Madison and one in Janesville — would start Friday and run for about 10 to 12 weeks.

Bon-Ton will continue sales through its websites during the liquidation process, the company said.

Liquidation sales at its other 38 stores have already started from previously announced closings.

Madison has Boston Stores at the East Towne and West Towne malls. The Janesville Mall also has a Boston Store.

Bon-Ton has 10 other stores in Wisconsin.

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Bon-Ton employs 2,255 people in Wisconsin, including more than 700 at its Milwaukee headquarters.

The end of the retailer will leave more than 1 million square feet of retail space empty in Wisconsin, 280,000 of that in Madison.

Boston Store employs 217 people at its two Madison locations and 74 in Janesville, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Other Bon-Ton brands include Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman and Herberger’s. The retail company is headquartered in Milwaukee and York, Pennsylvania.

A federal bankruptcy court approved the sale of the company to liquidators on Wednesday. Bon-Ton filed for bankruptcy in February.

The first Boston Store opened in Milwaukee in 1897.

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