- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - All Shopko stores in the Dakotas will be closing by mid-June, as the Wisconsin-based retail chain has decided to close its remaining 120 department stores around the country.

The retailer filed for bankruptcy protection in January and began announcing store closings, including closings in about a dozen communities in North Dakota and South Dakota. The number in the two states will now increase to nearly two dozen.

Shopko said Monday that the company was unable to find a buyer for its business, and it plans to begin winding down its retail operations this week.

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