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Skopko to close south Rochester location

Skopko to close south Rochester location

Another big-box store is closing up shop in Rochester.

Shopko announced today that it now plans to close a total of 105 stores across the country, including its south Rochester site. The store, located at 2820 Highway 63 South, is scheduled to go dark on April 15.

As part of today’s announcement, Shopko also said it will begin the process of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company called the need to restructure a result of "excess debt and ongoing competitive pressures."

The Green Bay, Wis.-based retailer, like many of its brick-and-mortar competitors, has been struggling to stay relevant in an age when more and more consumers are going online for their shopping.

"Business trends for us, like many retailers, have been difficult over the past few years," Shopko said in statement.

Plans for now are to keep the Rochester north location open.

The announcement from Skopko comes as another retailer, Kmart, is preparing for closures of its own. Kmart’s parent company, Sears Holding Corp, said last month it plans to close its Rochester store in March.

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