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Beloit Shopko location closing

BELOIT – "Yes it is true, we are going to close" expressed Beloit Shopko Manager Charles Lawrence, on Thursday morning. "We will begin a sale probably the beginning of next week."

This comes after Shopko announced the closing of 39 stores across the country, including six in Kansas in December of last year. Liquidation sales were included in the closings of the Russell, Phillipsburg, Larned, Clay Center, Lyons and Anthony outlets.

Beloit Shopko, 1026 N. Independence Avenue, is among 250 stores around the nation set to close or have already closed, including newly added Kansas stores in Abilene, Norton, Seneca, Scott City, and Burlington.

Shopko employs around 15 in their Beloit location. Nearly 1,000 positions on job cuts were placed in the December Kansas closings.

Shopko retailers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection during the previous months.

Shopko Hometown stores replaced former Alco stores in the year 2015, after Alco closed all 198 stores it had, including 23 in Kansas, when retailers were approved from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas, Texas, to shut their doors. At that time, Shopko operated 178 Hometown stores and 133 big-box stores in 21 states. They also operated big-box stores in Wichita, but closed them in 2001.

"It is sad to hear that Shopko has seen fit to close our Beloit store and move out of the State of Kansas by closing the 13 stores located in our State," said Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe. "We were hoping that through the bankruptcy process that successful stores, like the one in Beloit, would be spared. At this point it doesn't seem to be the case. Heather Hartman, the Beloit Area Chamber, and myself are looking at ways we can band together with the other rural Kansas communities affected by this decision to see if we can change this course of action. I think it is important to note that this closing isn't necessarily a reflection on our community, rather it is a symptom of the extreme change that the retail market has undergone across our country over the last two decades. "

Efforts to reach Shopko officials for comments in time of this publication were not answered.

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537