Two local Elder-Beerman locations closing

(WTVG) - Bon-Ton Stores Inc. is closing 42 of its locations, including two local Elder-Beerman stores.

The list includes the Elder-Beerman locations at Northtowne Mall in Defiance and at the Adrian Mall in Adrian. According to the company, the closures are part of the communicated 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."

The company says in order to ensure a seamless experience for its 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.

Click the "Full list of closures" link on this page to see all impacted locations.