Small town residents are upset after finding out Shopko will be shutting six of its locations around the state beginning next year.
“Basically, Shopko is our little Walmart,” Lyons resident Tory Tipp said. “They got furniture, clothes and the pharmacy.”
But that convenience is soon coming to an end for Tipp and other residents.
“I went to get my medications yesterday, and one of the employees told me they were closing,” Lyons resident Lesa Hale said. “It sucks!”
This week Shopko Hometown announced it’s shutting down six locations around Kansas:
- Clay Center
“We really can’t lose them,” Tipp said.”Being the only pharmacy here in town…that’s going to impact a lot of our residents, especially the elderly.”
Once the store closes, some residents will have to get in their car and drive 30 miles to Hutchinson, Great Bend or McPherson.
“There is a pharmacy in Sterling, but my insurance doesn’t accept it,” Hale said. “It’s a hassle to change to another pharmacy, and I can’t afford driving back and forth to Hutchinson.”
Tipp also said it’s a bust for the town’s economy.
“This store hires a lot of people.” he said.
KSN couldn’t interview any of the employees at the six locations, but Shopko did release this statement:
Shopko deeply values its employees and the communities it serves. It is never an easy decision to close a location and Shopko thanks its employees for all their support and hard work as well as its loyal customers. Despite all of the stores’ efforts, as we reviewed the long-term outlook on profitability, sales trends, and potential growth we came to the difficult decision that it was necessary to close these stores. Shopko will assist those who are interested in transferring to open positions at other locations, or will provide severance benefits according to our guidelines.
Liquidation will begin December 7 and stores will close in February.