Ice cream, HVAC and pickleball: what Minnesota towns are doing with their old Shopko spaces
20 Jan 2022
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A few years ago, Tiffany Jennen was looking for a large commercial space to lease in order to open a new gymnastics facility in Fergus Falls.
She found one in a building that had previously been a Shopko home goods store. Shopko filed for bankruptcy in 2019. Its parent company cited piling up debt and a decline in brick-and-mortar retail sales. It subsequently closed all its remaining stores, including 22 in Minnesota, leaving Fergus Falls and many other small and mid-sized Minnesota cities with big, empty stores.