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Duckwall-Alco closing all of its Duckwall stores

December 1, 2010

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— Regional retailer Duckwall-Alco is closing its 44 Duckwall stores and will use the capital to bolster its more popular Alco stores.

The Abilene, Kan.-based company announced the closures Monday and said 267 full- and part-time employees will be affected in nine states.

Duckwall-Alco will be renamed Alco Stores Inc. to reflect the company's new strategic focus. That change is expected in fiscal year 2012, which begins Feb. 1.

Company President Rich Wilson says the small, limited-selection Duckwall stores no longer meet the needs of local shoppers.

Nearly half of the closures will be in Kansas, where 20 of the stores are to be shut down. Three stores will close in Nebraska. A Duckwall store in North Dakota will reopen as an Alco.

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cozy 3 years, 4 months ago

I love Alco, too bad the closest one is in Garnett.

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bkreed1960 3 years, 4 months ago

My hometown will unfortunately no longer have a retail store when Duckwalls leaves next month, since it is one of the 20 that is being closed down. This leaves my sister and all these employees from the 44 stores (being shut down) without a job! It is a sad day in small town America, where the closest retail store is 30 miles or more away.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 4 months ago

The article should have ended with a sentence or two about their financial woes and re-org back in the 90's. I worked in the same bldg. in Abilene, which was almost a city block long and we shipped butt loads of freight into their warehouse. When they filed, what a debacle that was for awhile. I'm surprised they still exist at all. But then again, if you've ever spent much time in the rural towns of KS, you can see why they're still around.

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Lee Eldridge 3 years, 4 months ago

We had a Duckwalls in Hutch when I was growing up before it turned into an Alco. Which is now gone as well. I didn't know that Duckwalls still existed.

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