By Sally Beauvais
This week Wisconsin retailer Shopko announced it would close 39 stores in 19 states across the country, including one in Presidio.
The announcement comes as the company is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to Bloomberg.
The stores set to close will begin liquidation sales Friday, according to the company, and are set to close by the end of February.
Most of the locations set to close are Shopko Hometown stores — the chain aimed at serving smaller communities.
“Despite all of the stores’ efforts, as we reviewed the long-term outlook on profitability, sales trends, and potential growth we came to the difficult decision that it was necessary to close these stores,” said Shopko spokesperson Michelle Hansen.
Hansen says Shopko Hometown stores typically employ 10 and 25 full and part-time employees.
The retail shop was founded in 1962.
Apart from the Presidio location, there are seven Shopko locations in the state, mainly serving rural West Texas and the Panhandle.
The following stores will begin liquidation on December 7, 2018 and close the end of February.
Buena Vista CO
Bonners Ferry ID
Webster City IA
Clay Center KS
Dell Rapids SD