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Two Madison Shopko stores to close; Monona store to remain open

MADISON (WKOW) — Two Madison Shopko stores will close as the company announced Wednesday that it is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The Shopko stores near East Towne Mall and West Towne Mall will close, according to a list released by the company. The company didn’t announce a timetable for the closures.

The Shopko stores in Monona at South Towne Mall and in Janesville are will remain open.

Shopko filed the paperwork for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday, which means they are seeking a court-supervised financial restructuring of the company.

They made the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska.

“This decision is a difficult, but necessary one,” said Russ Steinhorst, Chief Executive Officer. “In a challenging retail environment, we have had to make some very tough choices, but we are confident that by operating a smaller and more focused store footprint, we will be able to build a stronger Shopko that will better serve our customers, vendors, employees and other stakeholders through this process.”

As part of the process, the statement said the company plans to close an additional 38 stores, move more than 20 optical centers to freestanding locations, and sell their pharmacy business. It didn’t state which stores would close.

The company, based in Green Bay, said they operate more than 360 stores in 26 states.

The statement said that during the bankruptcy process, their optical centers and pharmacies will remain open for customers.

Last week, Shopko announced they were closing their store in Bridgeview Plaza that had operated there since 1972.

The move came after an attorney for one of Shopko’s pharmacy suppliers said last week that they expected the retailer to file for bankruptcy after failing to pay for $67 million in drugs. Shortly after that, a La Crosse city council member said she was told the Bridgeview Plaza location was closing.

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