Shopko in Beloit to Close


After announcing the closing of 39 stores across the country, including six in Kansas in December, Shopko has decided to close all of their stores in Kansas including their location in Beloit. Beloit Shopko manager, Charles Lawrence, confirmed the news late last week. The Beloit Shopko has 15 employees andis one of the 250 Shopko stores closing across the country, including newly added Kansas stores in Abilene, Norton, Seneca, Scott City, and Burlington. Shopko retailers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection recently. In 2015, Shopko Hometown stores replaced former Alco stores after Alco closed all of their stores, including 23 in Kansas. Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe says it is disappointing to see a retail store like Shopko close it’s doors.

Shopko will be having a sale to move the remaining merchandise it has in the store.

Thanks to the Beloit Call for providing information for this story.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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