Who We Are

Bon-Ton is one of the leading fashion retailers in the United States, operating stores in 23 states from the Northeast to the Midwest and the Great Plains.

We provide high-quality merchandise at competitive prices in stores under different nameplates. You may know us as your neighborhood:

Graphical List of Bon-Ton's Store Logos

As we've grown we've maintained the tradition of local store name because of our commitment to the communities in which we live and work. We want to stay true to our roots, the personalities of each of our stores and the relationships we have with our local communities.

That's what makes us different from other fashion retailers. We want to be your hometown department store, even as we grow. And we have grown! Company growth leads to increased career opportunities.


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Our History

The Bon-Ton tradition dates back to 1898 when Max Grumbacher opened a one-room millinery and dry goods store on Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. The business operated "with a close attention to detail and a conviction that business success would come to those who offered customers quality merchandise at a fair price with careful attention to their individual needs and wants." Those words have held true over the company's 100+ years.

In the 1960s, Bon-Ton began an era of rapid expansion which continues today. In 2003, the company doubled in size by acquiring Elder-Beerman, based in Dayton, OH. And three years later, Bon-Ton doubled the number of stores again, when it acquired the Northern Department Store Group from Saks, Inc.

Our Present

Today, we're proud to say that Bon-Ton is one of the nation's leading regional retailers with 275+ stores in 23 states. We're big enough to leverage costs but small enough to know our local customer. We're big enough to have the systems and training to drive success, but small enough so each associate has the opportunity for individual recognition and success. You could say we're not too big, not too small, but just right!

Our Future

What happens next? At Bon-Ton, we've built a solid foundation in our more than 100 years in business and continue to grow smartly. We'll hold true to the balance we've achieved – between not being "too big" or "too small."

  • We'll continue our rich tradition of commitment to our individual communities and local store names
  • We'll be nimble and adapt to the ever-changing retail industry.
  • We'll embrace new ideas, innovative creativity and differing points of view.
  • We'll continue to be a place where an individual can be recognized and rewarded.
  • We'll continue to be the right place for our associates and customers.
  • Discover the difference at Bon-Ton. Help shape our future!

Our corporate offices are in three locations which house the following departments:

Graphical Corporate Department Flow Chart
Career Path York, PA Milwaukee, WI Dayton, OH
Advertising & Marketing
Finance & Legal
Human Resources
Information Systems
Planning & Allocation
Private Brands
Store Operations

Learn more about:

  • York, Pennsylvania
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dayton, Ohio