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Could ‘Carson’s” come back? Website teases department store revival

It’s just a bunch of words on a website. But that message is getting a lot of attention.

The digital site that was home to the Bon-Ton Stores — parent company of numerous department store chains — posted the following on Friday: "We’ve got great news. Bon-Ton is Coming Back."

The recently closed "Carson’s" at Glenbrook Square was among the Bon-Ton properties that disappeared when the company went out of business. It was the first of two anchor stores at Glenbrook Square to shutter, with Sears announcing this month that its Fort Wayne location would be part of that company’s most recent cutbacks.

With two anchor vacancies, Glenbrook Square faces one of the biggest challenges in its history.

Bon-Ton filed for bankruptcy in February and was eventually sold to a liquidation group. It was not clear if that group still maintained control of Bon-Ton’s remnants or if they have been sold to a new owner.

Even if the brands are revived, it could be in a greatly reduced or online-only capacity.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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