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Shopko goes bankrupt; all local stores to close

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The drip-drip-drip saga of Shopko is turning into a flood.

The general goods retailer started liquidation sales at its store on Fairview in Boise in December and on Broadway in Boise last Friday.

Now, the Nampa store is slated to close.

The retailer announced today it will enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It also announced a long list of 38 additional store closings – which for the first time notes the Nampa store on Caldwell Blvd. The last day for the store is April 8th.

[Shopko is leaving SE Boise. What are the odds of a Target in its place?]

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The pharmacy inside the store closed last Thursday according to an employee. The company sold its prescription customer lists to Kroger – and the accounts of the Treasure Valley stores are now owned by Fred Meyer.

The Fairview store will close on March 17th. The Broadway store will see its final day April 8th.

“This announcement is an important step towards protecting our future and ensuring our ability to continue delivering the high-quality products and services that our customers are accustomed to receiving,” Shopko wrote in a statement.

A spokesperson for the store has ignored repeated requests for comment from BoiseDev – including the fate of a large distribution center in Boise. The 352,000 square foot distributioin center opened in 1992 according to Ada County records, and employs dozens of employees. It services stores across the western US.

A fourth Shopko location on Fairview near Eagle Rd. closed in 2017. A large Albertsons Market Street grocery store will replace it soon.

Shopko is owned by Sun Capital, which also owns the Gordman’s chain. That retailer closed a store in Boise in 2017.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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