Logan’s Shopko will keep its doors open for the forseeable future despite the chain’s recent bankruptcy, but the store’s pharmacy business has been sold to Smith’s.
Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC announced in a press release last week that they will be restructuring their stores while filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Thirteen Utah stores will be closing, and many more will be relocating their optical centers and conducting an auction process for their pharmacies.
The Logan location will remain open, but the pharmacy was sold to Kroger, which operates the Smith’s and Smith’s Marketplace in Logan.
The sale went through in December and affects 42 pharmacy locations across the country.
In a press release Chief Executive Officer Russ Steinhorst stated the decision is difficult “but necessary.”
While Kroger did not immediately respond to requests for comment, signs have been placed outside the Smith’s Marketplace on 400 North and the Smith’s on Main Street welcoming Shopko customers. Signs in both Shopko and Smith’s have stated the transition will be “simple” and prescriptions are easily accessed on the first visit.
Michelle Hansen, who deals with Shopko public relations, said that starting this week they are selling the remaining pharmacies through a court-supervised auction process.
“We cannot be certain how long this process will take, but we will continue to keep making updates with further pharmacy sales,” Hansen said.
Local resident Darla Jensen said that she visited the Shopko location on a regular basis to fill her prescriptions and that traveling to Smith’s luckily won’t be a hassle for her.
“Either location is about the same distance for me,” Jensen said. “I’m not surprised since so many companies are going out of business. It seems like another one every week.”
Last year Bed Bath and Beyond, Toys ‘R’ Us and Herberger’s closed all of their remaining locations, including the two retail stores in Logan, while Claire’s, Mattress Firm and Sears also filed for bankruptcy, though those stores still operate in Cache Valley.
Subway, Best Buy and Sam’s Club ranked among the companies with the most stores closing in 2018, according to USA Today. Stores like Rite Aid, Abercrombie and Fitch, J.C. Penny and Macy’s also ranked in the 21 companies closing the most stores last year.
Shopko was founded in 1962 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with 360 stores in 26 states.
The Utah locations that will be closing their doors include Murray, Sandy, West Jordan, Taylorsville, Ogden, West Valley, Brigham City, Orem, Spanish Fork, Delta, Nephi, Blanding and Beaver.