Customers leave Shopko in
West Bend on June 21.
John Ehlke/Daily News
— The pharmacy located inside the Grafton Shopko will
close early next month, as it becomes one of 42
nationwide purchased by Kroger.
Messages to a Shopko official for comment on the Grafton
store were not returned, but an employee who answered
the phone there Wednesday said the drug counter would
close at 4 p.m. Jan. 8, 2019.
All records will automatically be transferred to the
Kroger-owned Grafton Pick ’n Save, located just south of
Shopko. Anyone who doesn’t want their records
transferred or would like them sent elsewhere should
call the pharmacy at 262-3750016.
The announcement came Tuesday that an agreement between
Kroger and Shopko Stores Operating Co. had been reached,
according to a Shopko press release. Other Wisconsin
Shopko pharmacies affected include those in Sheboygan,
Kenosha, Racine, Fond du Lac, Appleton, Manitowoc and
The deal also includes pharmacies in Idaho, Montana,
Nebraska, Utah and Washington. Another 185 pharmacies
will remain under Shopko ownership.
Many customers on the News Graphic’s social media
sites praised the staff at the pharmacy and said they
hoped they would move to the Pick ’n Save. But that
information was not available Wednesday.
In January, a Shopko pharmacist and another Shopko
employee saved the life of a 26-year-old employee who
went into cardiac arrest.
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Shopko
Stores Operating Co., LLC is a $3 billion retailer that
operates more than 370 stores in 26 states throughout
the Central, Western and Pacific Northwest regions,
according to the press release. Retail formats include
126 Shopko stores; five Shopko Express Rx stores; six
Shopko Pharmacy locations; three Shopko Optical
locations and 234 Shopko Hometown stores, a smaller
concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller
communities. For more information, visit
The Grafton’s Shopko’s retail operation and its optical
center will remain in business as usual, according to
the press release.