Retailer closing local distribution center with 95 workers

Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC, which has 323 retail locations in 21 states, said it plans to close its distribution center in central Indiana, ending employment for about 95 workers.

The closure of the center at 185 N. Mount Zion Road in Lebanon is set to begin in mid-January, Shopko said.

“Some employees will be needed to close down the facilities and therefore separations will likely continue through Sept. 30, 2015,” company officials wrote in a letter to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that was dated Nov. 13 and posted online Tuesday.

Shopko said 23 of the employees have been on the job for less than six months.

The Green Bay, Wisconsin-based general-merchandise retailer operates stores under the names of Shopko, Shopko Hometown, Shopko Express Rx and Shopko Pharmacy in the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions.

None of the stores are in Indianapolis area. Its other distribution centers are in Boise, Idaho; Omaha, Nebraska; and De Pere, Wisconsin.

The 52-year-old retail chain is owned by Sun Capital Partners Inc., a Boca Raton, Florida-based private equity firm that also owns local grocery chain Marsh Supermarkets.

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