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Havre Herbergers among stores set to close

Company looking for workers to help with closure


April 19, 2018

Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

The Herberger's sign sits over a rack of clothing on sale at the store's entrance in the Holiday Village Mall Wednesday.

Editor’s note: This corrects a typo in the telephone number for Jeff Bason of Sign Sale Inc.

The Bon-Ton department store chain has announced that the Havre Herberger's in the Holiday Village Mall is among the more than 200 stores it is closing in bankruptcy liquidation proceedings.

The company listed the Havre store as one scheduled for closure after a bankruptcy judge approved a winning bid in an auction for the company's assets Wednesday.

An employee of the Havre store referred all questions to a media spokesperson. The listed spokesperson, Christine Hojnacki, had not responded to multiple telephone messages and emails by printing deadline this morning.

Jeff Bason of Sign Sale Inc. of California said this morning that his company is looking for workers in Havre to help with the liquidation.

Bason said he is trying to hire five people in Havre to start work Saturday, one a supervisor position at about $25 an hour and four sign carriers to work at $10 an hour with five-hour shifts, noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. He said the jobs are scheduled to last 11 weeks.

The sign carriers would be carrying signs listing the current liquidation information, such as "Up to 30 percent off," Bason said, while the supervisor would oversee their work and give them breaks as needed.

He said people can call him at 831-345-3778 if they are interested.

Other Herberger's stores in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula are also on the list.

Bon Tons Stores Inc. operates 250 stores throughout 23 states under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates.

A press release Tuesday, before approval of the bid, said a joint venture will acquire the inventory and certain other assets of the company.

"While we are disappointed by this outcome and tried very hard to identify bidders interested in operating the business as a going concern, we are committed to working constructively with the winning bidder to ensure an orderly wind-down of operations that minimizes the impact of this development on our associates, customers, vendors and the communities we serve," Bon-Ton Stores Inc. President and CEO Bill Tracy said in Tuesday's release. "We are incredibly grateful to all of our associates for their dedicated service to Bon-Ton and to our millions of loyal customers who we have had the pleasure to serve as their hometown store for more than 160 years."


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