The final round of Shopko store closings will displace 1,715 workers across Wisconsin, including hundreds in western Wisconsin, the state announced Thursday.
The state Department of Workforce Development confirmed employee numbers for locations in our region:
- La Crosse: 56 employees
- Onalaska: 80 employees
- Arcadia: 25 employees
- Chippewa Falls: 70 employees
- Eau Claire: 94 employees
The 39 store closures in the latest round are added to the original list of 11 stores.
A total of nearly 2,500 workers are affected statewide.
These numbers reflect only the Shopko stores in Wisconsin. The Winona store is also closing, as are others in Minnesota, but the state of Minnesota has not released those job loss figures yet.
The state also announced that because of Shopko going out of business, Spectrum Transportation Services LLC and Spectrum America Supply Chain Solutions Inc. will close, affecting 225 workers.
Shopko was Spectrum’s sole customer.
“Shopko has been an integral economic fixture in many Wisconsin towns and cities,” DWD Secretary-Designee Caleb Frostman said. “The changes resulting from these closures will be felt by hard-working Wisconsinites in many communities.“