The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Announces Real Estate Update for 2013

  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Announces Real Estate Update for 2013

                   ~ New Bon-Ton Store in Portland, Maine ~

                 ~ New Carson’s Store in Ft. Wayne, Indiana ~

Business Wire

YORK, Pa. -- December 12, 2012

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) today announced two new locations: a
120,800-square-foot facility at The Maine Mall in South Portland, Maine, and a
122,000-square-foot facility located at Glenbrook Square in Fort Wayne,
Indiana. Both malls are owned by General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE:GGP).
The Company expects to begin remodeling the stores in February 2013 and be
completed by mid-September 2013.

Brendan Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are
pleased to announce the transactions with GGP which afford us entrée into two
new markets and, in Maine, a new state. The Ft. Wayne Carson’s will be our
14^th store in the state of Indiana. We believe our new stores will enhance
the total shopping experience for consumers in these markets.”

The Maine Mall, a premier retail destination in the region, will be Bon-Ton’s
first store in Maine. The new location will feature a complete merchandise
assortment, including home. The Maine Mall is home to several specialty
stores, including the Apple Store, H&M and Coach, and is currently anchored by
Macy’s, Sears, jcpenney, Best Buy and Sports Authority.

Glenbrook Square, one of the largest enclosed super-regional shopping malls in
Indiana, is situated within a three-mile distance from Fort Wayne’s central
business district and anchors the city’s principal north suburban shopping
area. The mall boasts several specialty stores and is anchored by Macy’s,
jcpenney and Sears.

“Under the leadership of Brendan Hoffman, The Bon-Ton Stores have continuously
offered customers an extensive assortment of quality merchandise at great
values. They’re committed to provide shoppers an outstanding experience. The
addition of Carson’s at Glenbrook Square and Bon-Ton at The Maine Mall will be
a welcome addition for our customers in these markets,” said Sandeep Mathrani,
Chief Executive Officer, GGP.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania,
and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 273 department stores, which includes 11
furniture galleries, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great
Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott,
Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates and, in the Detroit,
Michigan area, under the Parisian nameplate. The stores offer a broad
assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for
women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. For
further information, please visit the investor relations section of the
Company’s website at http://investors.bonton.com.

General Growth Properties, Inc. is a fully integrated, self-managed and
self-administered real estate investment trust exclusively focused on owning,
managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. GGP's
portfolio is comprised of 127 malls in the United States and 16 malls in
Brazil comprising approximately 135 million square feet. GGP is headquartered
in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

Certain information included in this press release contains statements that
are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which may be identified
by words such as “may,” “could,” “will,” “plan,” “expect,” “anticipate,”
“estimate,” “project,” “intend” or other similar expressions, involve
important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect results in
the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in
any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. Factors
that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, risks
related to retail businesses generally; a significant and prolonged
deterioration of general economic conditions which could negatively impact the
Company, including the potential write-down of the current valuation of
intangible assets and deferred taxes; risks related to the agreement governing
the Company’s proprietary credit card program; potential increase in pension
obligations; consumer spending patterns, debt levels, and the availability and
cost of consumer credit; additional competition from existing and new
competitors; inflation; deflation; changes in the costs of fuel and other
energy and transportation costs; weather conditions that could negatively
impact sales; uncertainties associated with expanding or remodeling existing
stores; the ability to attract and retain qualified management; the dependence
upon relationships with vendors and their factors; a data security breach or
system failure; the ability to reduce or control SG&A expenses, including
initiatives to reduce expenses and improve efficiency; operational
disruptions; unsuccessful marketing initiatives; the failure to successfully
implement our key strategies, including initiatives to improve our
merchandising, marketing and operations; adverse outcomes in litigation; the
incurrence of unplanned capital expenditures; the ability to obtain financing
for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate purpose; the
impact of new regulatory requirements including the Credit Card Accountability
Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 and the Health Care Reform Act; the
inability or limitations on the Company’s ability to favorably adjust the
valuation allowance on deferred tax assets; and the financial condition of
mall operators. Additional factors that could cause the Company’s actual
results to differ from those contained in these forward-looking statements are
discussed in greater detail under Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
Mary Kerr, 717-751-3071
Vice President
Public and Investor Relations
mkerr@bonton.com
 
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