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Operator of Shopko distribution center tells state it will close it down

As Shopko has exited the Boise market, it will also close down a large distribution center near the Boise Airport.

The news comes in the form of a Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice. The distribuition center is owned by Shopko according to county records, but is operated by Spectrum America Supply Chain Solutions.

“Spectrum America Supply Chain Solutions will be permanently closing its facility… This unfortunate action is being taken as a result of a significant reduction in our customers’ business portfolio.”

The letter said the shutdown will cost 111 jobs, with 103 of those being hourly positions, and another 8 salaried.

The cuts will not start until at least April 15th, Spectrum America told the State of Idaho in its notification letter. The largest categories affected are 34 merchandise handler jobs, 18 merchandise processor positions and 11 truck drivers.

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

“Idaho Department of Labor staff are on site at Spectrum America today, briefing the affected employees on the rapid response services available to them which includes filing for unemployment insurance, job search assistance and retraining,” Georgia Smith with the Department of Labor said. “Labor staff will be holding at least two customized job search workshops to be delivered out at the facility.”

Labor officials are also working to put together a job fair on March 18th.

Shopko has closed or will close each of its Treasure Valley stores. Liquidation sales are underway at each location. The chain has entered bankruptcy protection.

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