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G. R. Herberger's Inc.
Industry Retail
Founded 1927 (91 years ago) (1927)
Founder G. R. Herberger
Headquarters St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States
Number of locations
43 (2018)[1]
Products Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, housewares
Owner Saks, Inc. (1997–2006)
The Bon-Ton (2006–2018)
Website http://www.herbergers.com/

G. R. Herberger's Inc. is a department store chain founded in 1927 with 41 locations throughout the Midwestern United States. The chain was sold in the late 1990s amid growing consolidation in the department store industry, while continuing to operate as a separate nameplate and later sharing a corporate division headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Carson's, Bergner's and other regional chains by the close of the century.


Herberger's previous logo used until January 2004. The store now shares the six-hexagon logo carried by most Bon-Ton divisions.

Herberger's began in Osakis, Minnesota, when G.R. "Bob" Herberger opened his first store in 1927. Herberger's was incorporated for the purpose of acquiring additional stores and expanding into other communities in 1943. By 1972, it grew to 11 stores in four states, with its headquarters in downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota. G. R. Herberger's, Inc., by then an employee-owned company, merged with Proffitt's Inc. in 1997 in stock deal valued at approximately $160 million.

A Herberger's in Rapid City, South Dakota.

As Proffitt's Inc. evolved into Saks Incorporated with the company's acquisition of Saks Fifth Avenue, Herberger's eventually became part of the corporation's Northern Department Store Group, an assortment of store locations initially acquired by Proffitt's Inc. as Carson Pirie Scott & Company. On October 31, 2005, Saks announced that it was selling Herberger's and its other Northern Department Store Group stores (Carson Pirie Scott, Bergner's, Boston Store, and Younkers) to Bon-Ton Stores in a $1.1 billion deal; the transaction was completed on March 6, 2006.[2]

A Herberger's location in Roseville, Minnesota with the old logo.

Bon-Ton announced on April 17, 2018, that they will be closing doors and begin liquidating all 267 stores after two liquidators, Great American Group and Tiger Capital Group, won an auction for the company. The bid was estimated to be worth $775.5 million. This includes all remaining Herberger's locations after 91 years of operation. According to national retail reporter Mitch Nolen, stores will close within 10 to 12 weeks.[3][4]


  1. ^ The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. 2011 Annual Report
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2006-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Bon-Ton Stores to close (report)". syracuse.com. Retrieved 2018-04-17. 
  4. ^ "Liquidators to wind down US department store chain Bon-Ton". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-04-18. 

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