Rosedale Herberger’s could close this summer


Mike Munzenrider • The Rosedale Center Herberger’s, which opened in 1999, is slated to close this summer as part of its parent company’s bankruptcy restructuring, unless a possible new owner decides to keep the department store open.

Just months after reopening following its first renovation in nearly two decades, the Herberger’s at Rosedale Center could be closing for good this summer.

According to an April 5 letter sent to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development from the department store’s parent company, Milwaukee-based The Bon-Ton Stores, the Rosedale Herberger’s, along with two other metro locations, are anticipated to close June 5.

According to the Bon-Ton letter, which it sent in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Rosedale store employs 182 people.

In February, the letter said, Bon-Ton filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and since then is in the process of reorganizing and/or trying to sell itself.

A statement released by Bon-Ton after the news of the letter broke held open the possibility that the stores could remain open.

“We are required to provide notification under certain state and federal laws of potential job losses even as we work diligently to complete a sale of the Company as a going concern. Bon-Ton is in active discussion with an investor group to acquire the Company in a court-supervised sale process,” the statement said.

“We are encouraged by the interest in Bon-Ton and we hope that jobs will be preserved through a sale process.”

According to the letter, the two other metro Herberger’s that could be closed are in Stillwater and at Southtown Center in Bloomington. Between the two of them, those stores employ more than 300 people. Bon-Ton also said in the letter it was planning to close a Duluth Younkers store that employs 134 people.

The news of the possible closure comes as Rosedale is coming up to the final stretch of a multimillion dollar expansion and renovation of the mall.

Rosedale management did not return a request for comment.

The reportedly $100 million project began in Oct. 2016 with the mall’s interior getting a total revamp. The work also includes a new parking deck and a 140,000-square-foot addition that will house a Von Maur department store, which is slated to open this fall.

Other additions are coming to the mall, which opened in 1969, including a Portillo’s restaurant. The Roseville City Council approved plans for the hot dog seller to build in the mall’s parking lot earlier this year.


 

— Mike Munzenrider

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