Shopko sells 42 pharmacies in nation to Kroger
Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington county locations to be affected

By Lisa Curtis

Dec. 13, 2018

Customers leave Shopko in West Bend on June 21.
John Ehlke/Daily News

 GRAFTON — 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 Green Bay.

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 www.shopko.com.

The Grafton’s Shopko’s retail operation and its optical center will remain in business as usual, according to the press release.