The company said it was in "advanced discussions with landlords" about reopening stores in Indiana and several other states. Bon-Ton closed 15 stores in Indiana this year, including the Carson's in Circle Centre mall.
The owner of Gifts and Convenience, a shop in the downtown Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel, is the new franchisee for the mall cookie and desert shop, which closed early this year after a lawsuit from the landlord.
Plans for the "multimillion-dollar" renovation include transforming the food court into a dining pavilion and upgrading lighting and finishes. But the plans don't address the long-term viability of the struggling mall.