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Shopko is closing the pharmacies at its Lincoln stores and selling the business to Hy-Vee.

Shopko is closing pharmacies at its Lincoln stores along with dozens across the country.

Hy-Vee announced Friday that it is acquiring the pharmacy business from 22 Shopko stores in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The purchase includes Shopko pharmacy business in Lincoln and Grand Island.

That announcement comes just days after Shopko said it was selling the business from 42 of its pharmacies, including one in Bellevue, to Kroger Co.

A news release from Hy-Vee did not say specifically when the Shopko pharmacies will close, but it did say it will start filling prescriptions transferred from Shopko pharmacies in Lincoln on Jan. 9 at the store at 5010 O St. and Jan. 10 at the store at 6001 Village Drive.

Shopko officials could not be reached for comment.

Hy-Vee said in its news release that Shopko pharmacy patients will receive a letter soon from their new Hy-Vee pharmacy with additional details.

Last week, Shopko announced plans to close its north Lincoln store at 3400 N. 27th St. in February as part of a closing of more than three dozen stores across the country. Shopko Hometown stores in Kimball and Ord also were among the closings.

Also last week, Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources, reported that Shopko is getting ready to file for bankruptcy.

Earlier this week, a developer submitted plans for a redevelopment of a shopping center at 27th Street and Pine Lake Road that includes tearing down a portion of the Shopko building located there.

Shopko's other stores in Lincoln are at 27th Street and Nebraska 2 and at 66th and O streets.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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