Bon-Ton fulfillment center to close in West Jefferson, 330 jobs to be eliminated

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WEST JEFFERSON – The Bon-Ton Fulfillment center in West Jefferson, as well as the Elder-Beerman department store in Dayton, will be closing in early June, according to a letter sent to the Office of Workforce Development.

WBNS-10TV obtained the letter, filed in accordance with the WARN Act, which stated that the store in Dayton and the fulfillment center in West Jefferson was set to release its employees June 5.

The company said in the letter the timetable for the closing is based on the best information available, although it is subject to change as it evaluates its options.

According to the letter, the fulfillment center employs 330 people and the store in Dayton employs 122. The closing is expected to be permanent.

The company filed for bankruptcy Feb. 4.

Bon-Ton issued the following statement:

“We are required to provide notification under certain state and federal laws of potential job losses even as we work diligently to complete a sale of the Company as a going concern. Bon-Ton is in active discussions with an investor group to acquire the Company in a court-supervised sale process. We are encouraged by the interest in Bon-Ton and we hope that jobs will be preserved through a sale process. We remain committed to pursuing the best path forward for the Company and its stakeholders, including Bon-Ton associates.”

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