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Dickinson Herberger's on bankruptcy list of stores set to close

After filing for bankruptcy earlier this year, Bon-Ton Stores, the parent company of the Herberger's brand, will be closing stores across the country, including the Dickinson location...

After filing for bankruptcy earlier this year, Bon-Ton Stores, the parent company of the Herberger's brand, will be closing stores across the country, including the Dickinson location

A bankruptcy filing list filed on Wednesday, includes 20 stores in Minnesota, three in North Dakota and four in South Dakota that will close, including the Dickinson location at the Prairie Hills Mall.

On Wednesday, April 18, Bon-Ton officially announced bankruptcy court approval of the sale of the inventory and substantially all of the company's assets, the company said on its restructuring website.

"As such, Bon-Ton will conduct an orderly wind-down of its operations and is committed to minimizing the impact of this development on our associates, customers, vendors and the communities we serve," the company continued.

Bon-Ton said in a news release on Thursday, April 19 that their going-out-of-business sales will begin Friday, April 20, in 212 stores and e-commerce websites under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates.

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In the news release on Wednesday, April 18, Bon-Ton President and CEO Bill Tracy said "we are disappointed by this outcome" and that the company tried to find bidders interested in keeping the stores open.

"We are incredibly grateful to all of our associates for their dedicated service to Bon-Ton and to our millions of loyal customers who we have had the pleasure to serve as their hometown store for more than 160 years," Tracy continued.

The company filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Feb. 4.

Prairie Hills Mall manager Peggy O'Brien said in an email to The Press that they received official notice of the liquidations in an email from Joe DiMitrio with A&G Realty Partners on Thursday.

"We all worked hard, but unfortunately the outcome wasn't what all of us had hoped to achieve," O'Brien said.

Herberger's is the latest store in the Prairie Hills Mall to close because of troubles on a corporate level. In the past two years, Vanity and Radio Shack have closed their doors after declaring for bankruptcy. The JC Penney in Dickinson also shut down last summer after the company decided to close 138 stores nationwide last year.

The mall launched a "Thank you for shopping locally" campaign last year to educate the public about the impact of shopping out of town and online.

"I have been trying to spread the word and the importance of shopping locally," O'Brien said in an email. "Business in any community is only as successful as the customer's support of the local business. If the customer doesn't support the business, the business can't afford to operate."

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