Shortly after announcing plans to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Shopko released a list of 38 stores that would close as a part of the company’s restructuring plans.
That list included the Shopko on South Military Avenue in Green Bay, the original Shopko location.
The store was opened in April of 1962, and now it is set to close in April of 2019.
“It’s a sad day that we’re losing one of our Green Bay original stores here,” Leah Weycker, Executive Director of the Military Avenue Business District said Wednesday.
The store will join ranks with an already empty Sears building in the district.
“It’s a big building and those are always hard to fill,” Weycker said. “The one good thing is that building is under different ownership than Shopko, so that should be able to speed up the process of finding a new tenant, versus being tied up in any bankruptcy proceedings.”
Cliff Bowers grew up in the area, and says that a community has grown around the store in its nearly six decades of operation.
“It’s a loss in many respects,” he said. “You get to know the people that work at these stores, they have relationships, friendships, whether it’s pharmacy, any aspect of the store.”
For a full list of closing Shopko locations, click here.