SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Shopko announced Wednesday another round of store closures.
The Shopko Hometown store in Ida Grove and the Shopko in Norfolk will both close in May.
Stores closing announced earlier this year were: Cherokee, Emmetsburg, Estherville and Onawa.
The Sioux City Shopko will remain open, although the pharmacy has closed.
Shopko filed for bankruptcy protection on January 16th.
"Through our conversations with the potential buyers, it has become clear that it is in our best interest to operate with a significantly smaller store footprint.
Wednesday we announced the closure of an additional 139 Shopko and Shopko Hometown stores. Going forward, our overall store portfolio will include 120 main stores and 4 free-standing optical locations. Further, we will relocate approximately 50 optical centers in closing stores to new freestanding locations.
We remain hopeful that we will be able to emerge as a stronger company, and we believe that this is the best course of action to make ourselves more attractive to potential buyers and successfully emerge from Chapter 11."
For more information go to: http://info.shopko.com/