The pharmacies located inside two local Shopko stores closed permanently this past week, according to Shopko spokeswoman Michelle Hansen.
“As part of the Shopko Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, we are completely getting out of the pharmacy business,” she said.
The Beaver Dam Shopko pharmacy closed Wednesday and the pharmacy in Mayville’s Shopko Hometown store shut its doors Monday.
Hansen said the individual pharmacies were put up for auction Jan. 23, with hopes that a buyer would be able to service local customers.
Walgreens was the successful bidder for pharmacy assets from 63 Shopko locations.
The prescription records of customers of the Beaver Dam Shopko were transferred to the Walgreens located at 607 Park Ave., Beaver Dam. Customers from Mayville are being referred to the Walgreens location at 999 E. Main St., Waupun.
Fourteen full-time and part-time employees were affected by the closing of the pharmacy in Beaver Dam and nine employees were affected in Mayville. The closing in Mayville leaves the city without a pharmacy.
Hansen said the pharmacy inside the Shopko Hometown store in Columbus does not have a buyer yet as details are being worked out. In the interim, she added, the pharmacy is open for business. There is also a Walgreens Pharmacy in Columbus.
Founded in 1962 and headquartered just outside of Green Bay, Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates more than 370 stores in 26 states.
The regional department store chain filed for protection from creditors under a Chapter 11 reorganization in January. At that time, Shopko announced the closure of 39 stories in 19 states and said it was getting out of the pharmacy business.
“We still remain hopeful that we can move forward and operate as a smaller company,” Hansen said.