Reuters: Bon-Ton heading for liquidation

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Jan. 16, 2017--The Bon-Ton at York Galleria Mall. Bill Kalina photo

Citing sources familiar with the situation, Reuters is reporting that Bon-Ton Stores appears headed for liquidation.

The department store chain, with dual headquarters in York County and Wisconsin, began its court-supervised auction Monday, April 16, and only received bids from liquidators, sources told Reuters.

Full Reuters report::U.S. department store chain Bon-Ton heads to liquidation

A company spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bon-Ton, which filed for bankruptcy in February, had received a signed letter of intent last week from an investor group for an asset purchase agreement, but a bankruptcy court judge denied their request for additional time to work out a plan.

The company recently filed WARN notices with the state to close offices or stores in four Pennsylvania counties, including in York County, where 332 employees would be affected.

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Under the WARN Act, employers are required to provide the state Department of Labor and Industry at least 60 days' notice before a mass layoff. The notices state that the date of layoffs is unknown, and it is possible the layoffs won't occur.