Department store retailer The Bon-Ton Stores Inc has asked Byron L (Bud) Bergren to continue in his role as president and chief executive officer until 2010.

Tim Grumbacher, executive chairman of the board of directors, said: "We have great confidence that Bud will guide us through this difficult macro economic environment and position our company for future growth and profitability."

Bergren joined Bon-Ton, which operates 281 stores, five years ago.