Shopko closing stores in Wenatchee and Quincy

Wenatchee's Shopko, seen here on Thursday, will close in May. Quincy's Shopko will also close that month. The company is currently in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

WENATCHEE — The main Wenatchee Shopko store will close Sunday, but its optical department will continue to operate as a freestanding store.

The optical department will be run out of the Shopko building until a new location is found, Shopko interim CEO Jim Eisen said in an email Friday. The company’s real estate team is looking for a new home for the optical store.

Shopko declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January and has since announced the closure more than 200 stores across the U.S. Both the Wenatchee location and a Shopko Hometown store in Quincy were on the list.

The company’s optical division was then purchased by investment company Monarch Alternative Capital, it announced in a Thursday press release.

The investment company is moving 80 Shopko Optical locations to freestanding locations across the U.S., including two others in Washington — in Spokane and Union Gap.

The company had 363 stores around the country and more than 18,000 employees before the bankruptcy, according to its website.