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Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Apr. 29, 2017
May 26, 2017
Entity Registrant Name BON TON STORES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000878079  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Apr. 29, 2017  
Amendment Flag false  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --02-03  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Common Stock    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   18,552,052
Class A Common Stock    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   2,951,490