Herberger's closing in West Acres Mall in Fargo
FARGO — The Herberger’s store in the West Acres Mall will be closing.
The shopping center confirmed the news with a statement released Wednesday, April, 18.
The timing of the closing was not clear, but it is tied to the bankruptcy of Herberger’s parent company, the Bon-Ton chain of stores, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February.
As part of that process it is believed Bon-Ton could soon close as many as 200 stores nationwide.
According to a statement released by West Acres:
“Department Store chain Bon-Ton will be heading to liquidation. West Acres Herberger’s will be one of the more than 200 stores across the country to close.
“The timeline of the liquidation process and the ultimate store closing date is unknown at this point. As is common with department stores across the country, Herberger’s land and building are not owned by West Acres Development LLP,” the statement said.
According to the statement, Herberger’s at West Acres is owned by W.P. Carey, which purchased the store, along with five other Herberger’s locations, from Bon-Ton in June, 2015.
The store has continued to operate as Herberger’s but as a tenant of W.P. Carey.
Once Herberger’s closes, future development of the site will be done by W.P. Carey, the statement from West Acres said.
“We will work with W.P. Carey on the redevelopment of Herberger’s, with future plans for the site ultimately in their control,” the statement said.
A phone message left with Bon-Bon headquarters Tuesday seeking comment on what the bankruptcy meant for the Moorhead and Fargo stores was not returned.