By Shereen Siewert

Shopko has set a deadline of April 20, 2019 as the last day the company will accept gift cards at any of the organization’s locations.

Shopko and its affiliates filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. Before that, in December 2017, court records show, Shopko’s board of directors appointed Steve Winograd and Mohsin Meghji to review the company’s strategic alternatives.

Ashwaubenon-based Shopko announced March 18 that the company will shutter all its stores, which are now in the liquidation process.

Shopko was founded by pharmacist James Ruben in Green Bay in 1962. Before the closures, the chain had operated about 360 stores in 24 states.

A combined 105 people in the Wausau and Rothschild locations will lose their jobs as a result of the closure. The largest single-store layoff is in Eau Claire, where 94 people will lose their positions.