ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Wisconsin
retailer Shopko is closing 39 stores in 19 states.
Shopko spokeswoman Michelle Hansen says each store employs 10 to 25
employees, putting the scope of job cuts at about 400 to nearly
1,000 positions. Liquidation sales begin Friday with the stores
closing by the end of February.
The Green Bay area department store chain operates about 360 stores
in 24 states. Just one store in Shopko's home state will close. That
store is in Mauston.
Hansen says the closures were dictated by the long-term outlook on
profitability, sales trends, and growth potential.