It was announced Monday that Shopko will be closing all remaining stores by June 16.
“This is not the outcome that we had hoped for when we started our restructuring efforts,” Shopko CEO Russ Steinhorst said in a press release. “We want to thank all of our teammates for their hard work and dedication during their time at Shopko.”
The Wisconsin-based retailer has 134 Shopko stores, 176 Shopko Hometown locations, 18 Shopko Pharmacy locations and five Shopko Express stores.
There are over 30 locations throughout the state, including Fergus Falls.
The company announced in January that it had filed for bankruptcy and would close a number of stores across the country. In the filing, Shopko cited excessive debt and competitive pressure as the reason. The Fergus Falls store survived the first wave, but did see the closing of its pharmacy.
The Daily Journal reached out for comment from the local Shopko but was redirected to the corporate office.
“We have already reached out to Shopko and I believe that the city needs to do everything they can to acquire that property and have local control over that site,” Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer said after the news of the closure broke. “That is a viable retail location as we look to invest in the downtown riverfront area and the future of Fergus Falls. This is another example of a national decision affecting us locally and we have got to start taking steps that will allow us to have local control over these decisions.”
In over a year, Fergus Falls has been struck with losses in retail like Target, Herberger’s and GNC. Sun Mart, a grocery food chain, also left the city in 2018.
“We will work with Greater Fergus Falls, the Downtown Riverfront Council, the Port Authority and the City Council, along with anyone else who wants to work together toward a strong future for our city. We need to specifically look to what we can do locally to make that a stable and prosperous anchor to our downtown.”