The end could be near for department store chain operator The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. after the only bidders at the company's court-supervised bankruptcy auction on Monday were liquidators, according to a new reportfrom Reuters.

The company operates more than 200 department stores under various names like Boston Store, Bergner's, Herberger's, Younkers and Carson's. There are six Herberger's stores in the Twin Cities: Bloomington (Southtown Center), Stillwater (2001 Washington Ave.), Roseville (Rosedale Center), Edina (Southdale), St. Paul (Midway Marketplace) and Blaine (Northtown Mall).

York, Pa. and Milwaukee, Wis.-based Bon-Ton also has several Herberger's stores in Greater Minnesota, including Mankato, St. Cloud and Rochester, along with Younkers stores in Duluth and Austin. MSP Business Journal