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Store conversion to begin in Humboldt

Former Pamida will close for one week, reopen as Shopko

October 14, 2012
Messenger News

Shopko has announced that the liquidation sale has ended and the store conversion process to Shopko Hometown will begin Oct. 21 at the Humboldt Pamida store.

The store will be closed for one week until the first department, Consumables, is converted.

The entire conversion process which will last between five and six weeks.

The conversion to Shopko Hometown will include new interior and exterior signage, carpet, paint, updated and supplement fixtures and lighting and a new easy to shop store layout. Each of the store's three primary departments will be converted one department at a time with each department opening to shoppers as soon as it's complete.

The first department to be converted will be Consumables, which includes health and beauty, over the counter, candy, beverages and snacks. The department will open to the public by Oct. 28, followed by the Home department which will open no later than Nov. 11. The Home department includes sporting goods, electronics, housewares, toys and domestics. The final department to convert is Apparel, which will open by Nov. 18. The store's outdoor lawn and garden department will remain open throughout the conversion. A grand opening celebration will take place once the entire conversion process is complete.

"Since our merger with Pamida early this year, we've converted more than 120 Pamida stores to the Shopko Hometown format," said Mike Bettiga, Shopko interim chief executive officer. "The response from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive and we are thrilled to be just weeks away from introducing this retail concept to Humboldt."

Shopko Hometown combines Shopko's strong reputation of customer service with a broad and dynamic offering of strong national brands and high-value private label brands of apparel, home furnishings, toys, consumer electronics, seasonal items, and lawn and garden products - all in store formats that range from 15,000 to 35,000 square feet.

Shopko is investing approximately $80 million into Pamida store conversions which occur in phases through the end of the year.

Shopko is owned by affiliates of Sun Capital Partners Inc., a private investment firm focused on leverage buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in market-leading companies.

About Shopko

Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates almost 350 stores in 22 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 134 Shopko stores; five Shopko Express Rx stores; and 10 Shopko Hometown locations, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. Shopko is in the process of converting more than 170 recently acquired stores and pharmacies to the Shopko brand.



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