Shopko to open new Hometown stores

Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC today announced plans to open five new Shopko Hometown stores, including three in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin stores will be located in Winneconne, Ellsworth and Tomahawk. The other stores will be in Afton, Wyo., and St. Peter, Minn.

The stores are expected to open in November.

The Shopko Hometown retail format, developed to augment Shopko’s larger store model and focused on serving the needs of smaller rural communities, combines retail health services with a broad offering of national brands and high-value private label brands of apparel, home furnishings, toys, consumer electronics, seasonal items, every day consumable items and lawn and garden products.

“We’re excited to bring Shopko Hometown to these great communities,” said Mike Bettiga, interim chief executive officer of Shopko Stores. “We understand that consumers in smaller towns are looking for the same variety of high quality goods and trend right merchandise that can be found in larger cities. Customers of our Hometown stores tell us they appreciate the vastly improved shopping experience and access to a broad, differentiated selection of merchandise, including products and brands previously not available in their community.” By year end, these five stores will be part of the over 180 Shopko Hometown stores, making Shopko one of the nation’s largest retailers serving smaller communities.”

Green Bay-based Shopko is an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc.

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