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Bergner’s, an original mall tenant, to close

Thursday, April 26, 2018

In keeping with national trends, Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., the parent company of Bergner’s and a number of other well-known department store brands, announced last week that it is closing all of its 260 or so stores across the country. That news will leave a large vacancy at Hickory Point Mall, with the departure of Bergner’s, one of the original stores at the mall, which opened in 1978.

While it is a blow to see such an established retailer go, Mayor Marilyn Johnson told the Herald and Review newspaper that she sees it as merely a change that could turn out to be a positive.

“It would be the perfect spot for a grocery store,” Johnson told the newspaper, adding that The Fresh Market, a large gourmet supermarket chain based in North Carolina, would be a nice fit.

Landing a grocery store in the Village has long been a goal of community leaders and residents.

An April 18 post on the Village’s Facebook page offered some perspective, calling the news “disappointing” but “not an insurmountable problem.”

The post went on to say that there was good news in the fact that CBL Properties, which owns and operates Hickory Point and a number of U.S. malls, is already in talks to fill vacancies left by Bon-Ton at many of its properties.

An exact closing date for the local Bergner’s is not yet known, but a liquidation sale is already underway.

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