It's official: The going-out-of-business sale starts today at Bon-Ton.
The department store chain expects the sales to last for 10 to 12 weeks, but that could vary by store depending on how quickly the remaining merchandise sells. The sales are expected to end by Aug. 31, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court documents.
All sales during the liquidation sales are final, unless there is a defect that wasn't obvious at the time of purchase.
Bon-Ton has stores in the Eastern Hills Mall, McKinley Mall, Chautauqua Mall, Olean Center Mall and the former Summit Mall, as well as in West Seneca, the Town of Tonawanda and Lockport.
The liquidators who are launching going-out-of-business sales at Bon-Ton's stores, including eight in Western New York, will accept Bon-Ton gift cards and gift certificates for the first 10 days of the sale, according to documents filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The same 10-day deadline holds true for consumers who have store credits, return credits or similar merchandise credits.
Bon-Ton's liquidators also have agreed to accept returns of items that were purchased before the bankruptcy sale started, but only for the first 10 days of the going-out-of-business sale. The liquidators will only accept returns if they meet Bon-Ton's return policies that were in effect on the date they were purchased, the court documents said.