After a four-month liquidation sale and store conversion process, the former Pamida store in Estherville has completed its much-anticipated conversion to Shopko Hometown and celebrated with a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Thursday.
The grand opening event was highlighted by a $2,500 check presentation to Estherville Lincoln Central High School from The Shopko Hometown Foundation prior to the ribbon cutting. In addition, the first 50 customers in line on Thursday received a free $10 Shopko gift card. A number of prizes were given out through "register to win" events.
"There has been a great deal of excitement in the community through the conversion process and we're excited to finally be bringing the Shopko Hometown experience to Estherville," said Mike Bettiga, Shopko Interim CEO, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "I'm confident that loyal Pamida customers and new customers alike will love what they see and appreciate the great merchandize selection, brands, value and service from the same great team that customers are used to seeing. We look forward to being part of the local community for years to come."
Customers lined up for the grand opening of Shopko Thursday morning in Estherville.
EDN photo by Dar Isaackson
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 attractive, well laid out, easy-to-shop store formats that range from 15,000 to 35,000-square-feet.
The conversion from Pamida to Shopko Hometown came after the two companies announced a merger earlier this year. As part of the merger, Shopko is investing approximately $80 million into more than 170 Pamida store conversions, which are occurring in phases through the end of the year.
Shopko is owned by affiliates of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private investment firm focused on leverage buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in market-leading companies.