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What comes next for Shopko workers?

Posted at 5:43 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 23:42:53-04

GREEN BAY, Wis. — More than 2,000 people across Wisconsin will lose their jobs later this year when Shopko stores and a distribution center close their doors.

Shopko leaders say they're working with the Department of Workforce Development board to find new opportunities for workers once these Shopko stores close for good.

Local workforce development leaders say there are a lot of those opportunities out there. Whether a worker is in retail, corporate, or distribution, this economy should give people options.

That said, Shopko and the workforce development board are also taking action. There's already been a corporate job fair, there is grant money for workers wanting training, and job centers are open to help people find work.

"They're stepping out into a lot of opportunities,” says Jim Golembeski, with the Bay Area Workforce Development Board. “We just want them to be smart about it, take your time, don't panic, look at your options, work with our job center system so we can get the best possible outcome."

If you or someone you know is affected by this closure, you can call the Bay Area Workforce Development Board at (920) 431-4100. You can also contact your local job center.