As Bergner's and other Bon-Ton Stores begin their liquidation sales, employment and economic development officials say that retail stores are adapting.
Signs above cash register stations in the store advertised 10 percent to 30 percent off original prices.
The sales will be both in-store and online.
The sales are expected to last 10-12 weeks, the retailer said, depending on how fast the merchandise goes at each store. The closure puts about 24,000 people out of work.
A US bankruptcy court approved an agreement to liquidate inventory and certain assets of the company before closing down.
In the federal court filing, The Bon-Ton Inc. lists 70,380 square feet at the Honey Creek Mall, which is owned by CBL Properties Inc. A bankruptcy court approved the sale and liquidation details after a hearing Wednesday. The chain reported having more than $1 billion in debt. The company on Tuesday announced a winning bid for the company's assets in a bankruptcy auction.
The Bon-Ton Stores shown below are scheduled to close by late summer. Store credit card holders were notified Thursday that the cards could no longer be used for purchases.
All reward programs have been discontinued as of Thursday, April 19.
Returns will be accepted for the next 10 days, but after that all sales are final.
The company's stores, e-commerce and mobile platforms are open and serving customers.
The chain has 250 stores, but 38 already were in liquidation sales due to earlier announced closings. Its headquarters are in York, Pa., and Milwaukee.
The Bay City Town Center had been gaining momentum with the opening of a new Younkers Home store in November 2016 after Target and Sears left the shopping center in 2015.
The Sears store, which had also been open for more than 50 years, closed in January 2015.