While many bargain hunters will be looking for July 4th sales at area retail stores, this will be the first year in many that Shopko won’t be part of that buying process. The Wisconsin-based retail chain closed all its stores nationwide last week, and the impact is just starting to be felt in the local economy. Sue Sax, a shift supervisor who worked at the Morris Shopko for the past four years, told KMRS in the store’s waning days that at its peak, the Morris store had close to 30 workers. She said she was sad to see “everything closing” and area residents having to travel further distances to do their shopping.

Sax, who was born and raised in Morris, wants to stay in the community and will be looking for a local job. KMRS spoke to another Shopko employee who said he would be leaving the area with the store’s closing.

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