by nathan oster
A banner hanging above the front door of the Pamida store in Greybull tells the tale.
Change is coming … and soon, in the form of a Shopko Hometown store.
Shopko announced on Monday that the liquidation of the store had begun, alerting customers that they could find savings of up to 30 percent off all items in many departments, including apparel, shoes, sporting goods, toys, bed and bath, furniture, electronics and many more.
“This liquidation sale is the first step in the conversion process from Pamida to Shopko Hometown and this means great deals for our customers as we look to clear out the existing merchandise to make way for Shopko Hometown’s enhanced merchandising mix,” said Paul Jones, Shopko President, Chairman and CEO, in a news release. “We are eager to be one step closer to bringing the Shopko Hometown experience to Greybull. The Shopko Hometown format has already been overwhelmingly embraced by customers in seven markets where we have already converted stores.”
According to the release, Shopko Hometown combines Shopko’s strong reputation of health services and 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.
As with all sales, the selection will be best early on so shoppers are encouraged to take advantage of the deals early. The store’s pharmacy will remain open and will be accepting new patients throughout the entire conversion process.
“We want customers to be assured that the Pamida Pharmacy will remain open and ready to serve customers throughout the entire store liquidation sale and conversion process,” said Brandon Tolman, RPh, pharmacy manager. “In addition, our pharmacy staff will remain the same now and after conversion to Shopko Hometown. Our shared commitment is to provide your patients with the same great service they are used to. We look forward to continuing to serve the pharmacy and healthcare needs of Greybull and the surrounding area for years to come.”
Shopko will invest approximately $80 million into Pamida store conversions which occur in phases through the end of the year. Once the liquidation sale is complete, the store conversion will take approximately 5-6 weeks from start to finish and will include new interior and exterior signage, updated and supplemented fixtures, improved store design and layout, as well as an expanded merchandise mix.
Andy Smith, who has been the manager of the Greybull Pamida store, said the store would not need to close at any point during the conversion to Shopko.
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.