PEORIA — The bankrupt parent company of the scores of shuttered Bergner's department stores published a vague suggestion Friday on its website that the name may not be entirely relegated to the history books.
A banner on the Bergner's website announced "great news" in all caps: "Bergner's is coming back!"
The announcement did not include any details, such as whether the brand would return as a web-only presence or reopen in brick-and-mortar locations.
The news came as the Bergner's in the Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth wrapped up its going-out-of-business sale last week. Bergner's had been an anchor tenant in the complex since the mall opened in 1978.
A spokesperson for CBL Properties, which owns Hickory Point Mall and Eastland Mall in Bloomington, said last week that "a number of opportunities" are being explored to find a tenant to fill the void in Forsyth.
The Forsyth and Bloomington locations were among scores of Bergner's and other department store brands under the bankrupt Bon-Ton parent company have closed as recently.
Forty-two of the affected stores were in Illinois. In addition to Forsyth and Blomington, the list included the Bergner's at White Oaks Mall in Springfield and Market Place Shopping Center in Champaign, and the Carson's store in Mattoon's Cross County Mall.
The company did not respond to a request for comment. The announcement indicated that updates would be available in the "coming weeks."