WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 21, 2012
THE BON-TON STORES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
2801 E. Market Street, York, Pennsylvania 17402
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Registrants Telephone Number, including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, If Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 5.04. Temporary Suspension of Trading Under Registrants Employee Benefit Plans.
On November 21, 2012, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (the Company) received the notice required by section 101(i)(2)(E) of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and provided a notice to its executive officers and directors informing them of a blackout period for the Companys Retirement Contribution Plan (the Plan), as a result of the Company replacing the administrator of the Plan, and the trading restrictions that apply to the executive officers and directors during the blackout period. This notice was required pursuant to Section 306 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Securities and Exchange Commissions Regulation BTR which prohibit trading in Company securities by executive officers and directors during blackout periods.
The blackout period will begin at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 28, 2012 and last through December 14, 2012 (such period, the Blackout Period).
A copy of the notice to the directors and executive officers is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
99.1 Notice to executive officers and directors of blackout period and trading restrictions dated November 21, 2012.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: November 21, 2012