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Frederick Bon-Ton to close

FREDERICK – Department store chain Bon-Ton Stores Inc. said it will close its 98,000-square-foot store at Frederick Towne Mall at the end of January, affecting approximately 56 employees.

They will be offered available positions at Bon-Ton’s store in Hagerstown, or receive traditional career transition benefits, the company said in a statement. While not giving a specific reason for its decision, Bon-Ton indicated that the Frederick store was not performing well.

Bon-Ton, with dual headquarters in York, Pa., and Milwaukee, Wis., operates 277 department stores in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains.