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Shopko abruptly closes Billings pharmacy, sending customers to Walgreens for prescriptions

Posted at 6:14 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:14-04

BILLINGS- The Billings Shopko pharmacy is sending its customers to Walgreens after closing its doors Monday with no sign of reopening.

According to a Michelle Hansen, a spokesperson for Shopko, the pharmacy closed on Monday.

Hansen added that the pharmacy assets have been purchased by Walgreens.

“As part of the Chapter 11 process, we have made the difficult decision to exit our pharmacy business. Shopko sold many of our pharmacies through a court-supervised auction process.” Hansen said in an email to Q2 News.

Amid a rash of Shopko stores closing permanently around Montana, Hansen said the Billings store itself will stay open.

“To my knowledge, the Billings store will remain open and committed to serving our customers with the same high-quality goods and services that they expect,” she said.

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Q2 News made a call to the pharmacy telephone number listed where a recorded message greeted customers. The message alerted customers to pick up their prescriptions on at the Walgreens at 1330 Grand Ave.

In early January, Shopko announced its stores in Plentywood and Wolf Point are expected to close as the general merchandise company undergoes financial restructuring.

Two Wyoming stores in Thermopolis and Greybull are also on the closure list.

Shopko stated it has filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, saying it plans to close more than 100 stores.

Shopko was founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisc.

To read the entire press release, click here. For a full list of stores closing, visit here.