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Rugby’s Shopko continues closure

By Staff | Mar 29, 2019

As Shopko announced earlier this month that it would close all stores by June of this year, Rugby’s store continued marking down merchandise and preparing for the end.

Rugby store manager David Lyon said in an interview several days ago that he heard of efforts to save stores via petitions circulated in a few North Dakota communities, including Rugby. One such effort in Stanley resulted in a last-minute attempt by the company to sell some stores, but no buyer was found.

Lyon said of the Rugby petition, which had more than 1,000 signatures, “It was great to see but I think the issue was they (Shopko) were just in a tough place and waited a little too long (for a solution).”

Lyon said Shopko would pay bonuses to some of its employees who stay until their stores close based on their time with the company.

Most local employees were looking ahead to their futures.

“I’ve got a few things I’m looking at – I’m just not 100 percent sure what I’m going to be doing,” Lyon said. “Hopefully, something will come back into town here that’s similar, and that will be a possibility.”

In the meantime, Lyon said customers could look forward to bargains before the Rugby store closes its doors for good on May 12.

“We’ve got a truck rolling in… due to the closure of the warehouse where we got our stuff,” Lyon noted. “They’ve basically cleaned everything out there and shipped to the stores.”

“So, we’ll be getting some good stuff, and some good deals – even things like air conditioners that people could use. Maybe not right now but if they get it at the beginning of the summer, it’s a great bargain.”

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