P.A. Bergner & Co. can be an online retailer operated by Bon-Ton holdings and was an upscale midwestern department store established in 1889. The flagship store was found in Peoria, Illinois at The Shoppes at Grande Prairie.
Bergner’s was founded in downtown Peoria in 1889 by Peter Alan Bergner. The famous red stone building housed six floors that included a tea room, a millinery, a cobbler, and its own famous Fine China department. The store stood on the corner of Adams at Fulton streets across from the then-rival, Block & Kuhl Company.
In 1957, another Peoria Bergner’s location opened at the then-suburban Sheridan Village SHOPPING MALL. Between 1961 and 1973, the Sheridan Village location sold the most merchandise per square foot of any department store in america. This Bergner’s was the major department store in Illinois beyond the Chicago area. Through the 1970s, the chain opened several additional spots in Pekin, Bloomington, Decatur, Champaign, Galesburg, Quincy and Peru. Through the 1970s, Bergner’s opened a budget store (formatted following the original bargain basement downtown store) in the Madison Park SHOPPING MALL in Peoria. Not expanding upon this concept, the Madison Park Store was closed in 1993.
In April 2003, following the four-year procedure for the “Shoppes at Grand Prairie” lifestyle center development, Bergner’s opened a fresh location serving as their flagship and it had been the most significant department store south of Chicago and north of St. Louis.
Mergers and acquisitions
Bergner’s grew robustly in the late 1970s and 1980s. It acquired the eight stores of Myers Brothers Company of Springfield, Illinois, in 1978. In 1985, Bergner’s acquired Boston Store and most of its shops in Wisconsin along with three Gimbel’s locations. In 1989, P.A. Bergner bought Chicago’s Carson Pirie Scott for over $450 million. Carson’s itself had just bought Minneapolis-based Donaldson’s in November 1987. With this, Bergner’s was a significant Midwestern presence, with stores in five states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa, operating beneath the Bergner’s, Carson Pirie Scott, and Boston Store names