Shopko announced the closing of all of its stores nationwide, after failing to find a buyer for the struggling corporation earlier this month, but just this week released exactly how many employees will be impacted by the closures.
A total of 1,715 jobs will be lost through stores closings and the closing of an optical lab.
Of those jobs, 614 are in Northeast Wisconsin.
The Green Bay area will be hit with even more job loss due, with the closing of Shopko’s Corporate Headquarters in Ashwaubenon affecting more than 500 employees, and a Shopko distribution center in De Pere laying off more than 200 employees.
In all, that’s nearly 1,400 jobs lost in Northeast Wisconsin, but according to Jim Golembeski, Executive Director for the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, there are options for those displaced workers.
“This is not 2002 or 2008 when we didn’t have any jobs,” he said. “There are a lot of openings and it’s a matter of helping people find a good match.”
Golembeski told Local 5 that companies have already started reaching out to the Wisconsin Job Center – Brown County, interesting in hiring workers affected by the layoffs.
He says that the skill sets held by corporate employees and warehouse employees are in high demand, and with other retail stores doing well in the area, store employees should not have a problem finding new positions.
“All of these workers, from the management on down, are walking out into an economy that’s got open arms waiting for them,” Golembeski said.
The Job Center has already held a job fair for employees at the Corporate Headquarters.
All remaining Shopko stores are expected to close this June.