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After a four-month liquidation sale and store conversion process, the former Pamida store in Minerva has completed its conversion to Shopko Hometown and is now open.

The store, located at 825 Valley Street Route 183, will open its doors to the public as Shopko Hometown at 9 a.m.  Jan. 10, following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m.  The public is invited to join the Shopko team and community leaders for the event.

The grand opening event will be highlighted by a $2,500 check presentation to Minerva High School from The Shopko Hometown Foundation prior to the ribbon cutting.  In addition, the first 100 customers in line Thursday will receive a free $10 Shopko gift card.  A number of prizes will also be given out through “register to win” events.  Customers will also be encouraged to sign up for Shopko’s My Extra Savings rewards program to receive exclusive savings each week, 10% off on their birthday and special email announcements and offers.  Every customer who uses their My Extra Savings card on the day of the grand opening will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree. Refreshments will be served inside the store.

“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 Minerva,” 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 merchandise 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.”

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. 

Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 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, providing quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services in small to mid-sized cities; 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept; and 10 Shopko Hometown locations, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities.  For more information, visit www.shopko.com.

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