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“We are trying to make it as easy as possible for customers to shop in the final weeks. As stores sell out, we are consolidating remaining inventory. Store fixtures, furniture and décor are also being moved to be sold,” Carpenter said.
Distribution centers are empty, as the company made its last shipment to stores last week. As stores run low on merchandise, they’ll close and the remaining inventory will be sent to larger stores. A few stores have already sold out and closed, and about 77 percent of merchandise has been liquidated, Carpenter said.
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All four Dayton-area stores and the Piqua location are still open.
“Stores can go a little longer or shorter depending on the sales volume,” Carpenter said.
Before the first round of closings, Bon-Ton employed about 24,000 people, including hundreds in the Dayton area. The company operated roughly 250 stores in 23 states under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers brands.
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