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Shop Smart store will close unless it can be sold

Shop Smart Food Warehouse in Crescent City is one of 16 grocery stores owned by C&K Markets that will either be sold or will close as a result of the Brookings-based company filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Approximately 41 people work at Shop Smart in Crescent City, C&K Market spokesman Grant Lunde said Tuesday.

“If it closes we will try to keep as many people as we can at other locations,” Lunde said. “And those folks we (can’t keep) we’ll try to help them as best we can with other opportunities through California Workforce services.”

C&K Market’s decision to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy stems from increased competition from large discount stores such as Walmart and Costco moving into areas traditionally served by C&K stores, according to the announcement on the company’s website.

Other C&K Market stores that are closing or being sold include the Shop Smart Food Warehouse in Harbor, Ore., and a Ray’s Food Place store in Eureka.

Earlier this year, C&K Market shut down its Ray’s Food Place stores in Smith River and Crescent City. Those buildings remain vacant.

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