Announced plans in to close underperforming stores, with the first 68 gone last year. He also sees several department store chains out there that are getting it right — Nordstom, Von Maur and Boscov's, to name a few. This center has 78 outlet stores. And a "close-to-home" concept targeting merchandise to stores' home communities — such as Illini orange purses and shirts for Champaign — came along "almost a little too late," said Ujcich, who managed Bergner's at Market Place Mall from to It's free to join.
The store was also a big supporter of the United Way's annual "Power of the Purse" fundraiser, with its staff setting aside purses considered to be special and providing them to United Way at deep discounts, she said.
Ujcich, who now works for the local nonprofit Courage Connection, recalled other community fundraisers hosted by Bergner's.
One offered nonprofits the opportunity to keep all the proceeds from books of coupons they sold. Another provided discounts in exchange for donations of used clothing given to Goodwill Industries. Ujcich, who worked decades in retail management and was also a furniture consultant for Bergner's before the store closed, saw marked changes over the years.
He first worked for Bergner's in its early years while a University of Illinois student. Back then, Bergner's had lots of sales help, a much larger management team, a second-story restaurant overlooking the mall, major appliances and sporting goods departments, even a hair salon, he said. The impact that can have on customer loyalty was illustrated in one of the store's departments that continued to sell well — men's suits, Ujcich said. An employee in that department who worked one-on-one with customers outfitted many of the community's male professionals — and was consistently among the top 30 associates for all of Bon-Ton Stores, Ujcich said.
Bergner's furniture department also drew loyal customers who watched for and shopped the sales — though furniture was a recent addition before the store closed, he said. As he's been out in the community on behalf of Courage Connection, Ujcich said he's heard many people say they'll miss Bergner's.
Where will they shop for wedding presents? Who will help them choose ties? He also sees several department store chains out there that are getting it right — Nordstom, Von Maur and Boscov's, to name a few. Here are a three things to know about the new owner:. Department store stalwarts that were once foundations of Midwestern malls have been steadily tumbling as shopping habits have changed.
Some of the bloodbath:. Announced plans in to close underperforming stores, with the first 68 gone last year. At the start of this year, 11 more locations were added to the hit list. That follows several hundred additional Sears and Kmart store closings since A bankruptcy filing set in motion the Aug.
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