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Mason City’s Younkers store survives first round of store closings

This news story was published on February 1, 2018.
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Younkers in Mason City

MASON CITY – The Younkers retail store in Mason City’s beleaguered Southbridge Mall has survived the first round of closings, the company announced.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. on Wednesday announced 42 locations that will be closed as part of its “store rationalization program”

“As part of the comprehensive turnaround plan we announced in November, we are taking the next steps in our efforts to move forward with a more productive store footprint,” said Bill Tracy, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores. “Including other recently announced store closures, we expect to close a total of 47 stores in early 2018. We remain focused on executing our key initiatives to drive improved performance in an effort to strengthen our capital structure to support the business going forward.”

Mr. Tracy continued, “We would like to thank the loyal customers who have shopped at these locations and express deep gratitude to our team of hard-working associates for their commitment to Bon-Ton and to serving our customers.”

In order to ensure a seamless experience for customers, Bon-Ton has partnered with a third-party liquidator, Hilco Merchant Resources, to help manage the store closing sales. The store closing sales are scheduled to begin on February 1, 2018 and run for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Associates at these locations will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at other store locations.

Younkers at Southbridge Mall

In Iowa, a store in the College Square Mall in Cedar Falls and the Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids are closing.

Bon-Ton recently announced five other store closures, four of which the they completed at the end of January and one at which they will conclude its closing sale in February.

Many in Mason City fear that the Younkers store here will close next.  It has been in operation since the mall opened in 1985.  Some are banking on the multi-million dollar Renaissance Project to revitalize the mall with new shops, bars and restaurants as folks flock to the mall to ice skate, watch concerts, tractor pulls, basketball tourneys and the local band play.

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8 Responses to Mason City’s Younkers store survives first round of store closings

  1. Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    February 2, 2018 at 5:31 am

    …was that right…now we will be having “tractor pulls” in the Mall??? For all of you out there that want the Mall closed/demolished, and Federal reopened, keep in mind the truck traffic that now goes “around” the Mall and “not” thru town on Federal…let’s try and keep those “thinking Beanies” squarely on our heads!!!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 2, 2018 at 12:55 am

    cedar falls and cedar rapids closed. cant believe they closed before mason city, lets do the easy thing, tear the whole thing down and open federal back up. I can remember back in the 50’s going uptown on Friday and Saturday night with the folks, parking the car on federal and getting out, walking up and down the street, stopping to shoot the shit with everyone. there was a cop on every corner directing traffic, awwwwwwwwwwwww bring back the good ol days

  3. Barney Fife Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    With all this crap going on and for all that voted yes lets hear from Loni, “What does Loni have to say”

  4. The Grim Reaper Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    It’s only a matter of time…welcome to the 21st century, and e-commerce.

  5. bodacious Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2018 at 5:08 pm


  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Key words “First Round”.

  7. bodacious Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2018 at 11:16 am