Shopko supplier says retailer will soon file for bankruptcy

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — A pharmaceutical drug supplier to Shopko said the Wisconsin-based retail chain is expected to file for bankruptcy next week.

McKesson Corp. said it supplied Shopko with $67 million in drugs since Nov. 11 but has not been paid since early December. McKesson this week asked a judge for a restraining order to keep Shopko from selling the medications it has supplied.

McKesson attorney Jeff Garfinkle said during a court hearing that Shopko is expected to file for bankruptcy protection Jan. 15.

Shopko attorney Stephen Hackney said a restraining order would require the retailer to close its pharmacies and would harm patients who need the medications, Press-Gazette Media reported.

Brown County Circuit Judge William Atkinson rejected McKesson’s request. Neither Shopko, nor its parent company, Sun Capital Partners, returned calls for comment.