by nathan oster
The Shopko era is officially under way in Greybull.
With the cutting of a ceremonial ribbon on Thursday morning, store manager Andy Smith welcomed shoppers who had assembled for the grand opening of the store as well as the specials and giveaways offered in conjunction with it.
Just as Pamida had done, Shopko began its association with the Greybull community by making a generous donation of $2,500 to Big Horn County School District No. 3. Barry Bryant, the superintendent of schools, was present to accept the donation.
Mike Beckley, a regional supervisor for Shopko, said shoppers would immediately notice that the new store has a more “open atmosphere” than one they saw when they visited the old Pamida store.
He also touted the improved product lines offered by Shopko.
The Greybull store is one of approximately 170 former Pamidas being converted to Shopko Hometowns this year.
Smith called it an exciting day not only for Shopko but also for him and his team of employees, who were tasked with empting nearly a dozen semi trucks full of merchandise within a 3 ½ week period.
“This is the day we’ve been working toward,” Smith said, a sense of relief in his voice. “The team (of employees) that I’ve got here is just fantastic. In fact, I’d take them over anybody’s else’s team…they are that good.”
According to a company release, Shopko is a $3 billion retailer that operates almost 350 stores in 22 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions.