If you want to take one last ride on a Bon-Ton escalator and say your goodbyes, the time is now. The bankrupt chain will be gone after Wednesday.
The liquidators who bought the company will close all 212 remaining department stores next week, including eight in Western New York.
Some stores could close earlier than Wednesday if they run out of inventory, but everything must be wrapped up by Aug. 31.
"Individual store closing dates will vary depending on the volume of inventory that remains at each store," said Scott Carpenter, president of retail solutions for Great American Group and the person leading the liquidation team, said in an email.
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 Bon-Ton store at Eastern Hills Mall already has a new tenant lined up. Raymour and Flanigan will lease the space for one of its furniture stores. Though that mall will be completely overhauled and transformed into a town center, the mall said it's early enough in the process that it can plan the development around permanent tenants.
Several Bon-Ton properties will go up for auction next month, including one in Lockport.