Shopko latest retail fatality, liquidating all stores

A Shopko in Michigan is seen in 2015. The store will close this year along with all Shopko stores. (WikiMedia)

Shopko announced yesterday that it will end operations and close all of its stores nationwide.

The retailer operates several stores in Wyoming, including Douglas, Green River, Greybull, Lander, Mountain View, Thermopolis and Worland.

Most of the Wyoming stores will close by mid-May, others have closed or will close soon. The stores will close by mid-June in the rest of the country.

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The company, which started in 1964 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and operated around 370 stores, attempted to find a buyer while it went though bankruptcy this year.

The retailer purchased Pamida in 1999 and focused on small to mid-sized communities.

“This is not the outcome that we had hoped for when we started our restructuring efforts,” Shopko CEO Russ Steinhorst said in the statement. “We want to thank all of our teammates for their hard work and dedication during their time at Shopko.”