MAYVILLE — Mayville residents won’t have to go long without a pharmacy.
Hometown Pharmacy will open a location in the city, Mayor Rob Boelk announced this week. Hometown said in an online statement that further details like date and location are still being worked out, but that the company is excited to come to the community.
Boelk said by phone that the location of the former Ace Hardware on Horicon Street is a possible location.
“The city of Mayville would like to welcome them to our community,” Boelk said. “They look forward to servicing the area soon.”
The addition of Hometown Pharmacy to Mayville comes after the announcement earlier this month that the Shopko Hometown in the city will close. The company filed for bankruptcy and is closing stores all around the country, including 22 in Wisconsin, and getting out of the pharmacy business entirely.
Hundreds of workers in the state will lose their jobs as a result of the closures. The Shopko in Beaver Dam will remain open for now, but the pharmacy inside the store shut down as well.
The closure of the Shopko in Mayville left the city without a pharmacy and its customers were referred to the Walgreens in Waupun after Walgreens took over the Shopko pharmacy assets. There also is a pharmacy in nearby Horicon.
Boelk said the loss of the Shopko Hometown leaves a retail space empty on the edge of town, and he is considering businesses that might be interested in the space.
Hometown Pharmacy is based in Rio, WI and has over 40 locations in Wisconsin, including in Randolph, Watertown and inside the Rechek’s Food Pride in Beaver Dam.
Meanwhile, liquidation sales have begun at the Shopko in Mayville, with items on deep discount. The Shopko Hometown in Columbus also is going to close. Payless ShoeSource, which operated out of Shopko stores, is also shutting down and taking its Shopko presence with it.