By Tim Kowols
An icon of Sturgeon Bay’s downtown is expected to close no later than August 31 after Younkers parent company Bon-Ton Stores announced Thursday its plan to liquidate all 256 of its stores. The Sturgeon Bay Younkers appeared to be safe after Bon-Ton Stores announced in January it was closing 42 stores, including nine in Wisconsin. According to the USA Today Network, Bon-Ton Stores had hoped to find a buyer who could help right the department store chain that also includes Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, and Herberger’s, but ultimately sold to a group of debt holder and liquidators. Owners of corporate-branded gift cards and credit cards are not valid during store closing sales. A representative from the Sturgeon Bay Younkers location had no comment on the story and Bon-Ton, Inc. did not return phone calls from DoorCountyDailyNews.com Thursday afternoon.