Nearly 100 days to the date when Shopko announced that it would be taking over the retail space at 401 US Highway 24 South, it held its the Grand Opening last Friday, July 10.
Among the fanfare of local dignitaries, Leadville’s Shopko Manager Lana Marsh welcomed a few dozen shoppers to the official Grand Opening, although the store has been open since last month, to help train staff and “work the bugs out.”
But as of Friday, the Shopko store is officially open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. This new store is now part of the over 175 Shopko Hometown stores, making Shopko one of the nation’s largest retailers serving smaller communities.
One thing that was apparent last Friday, is that the retailer is serious about hiring locally. Most of the familiar, smiling faces were Leadville residents as well as former ALCO employees, the former tenant and retailer who filed for bankruptcy last fall.
According to the company website, the Shopko Hometown retail format focuses on serving the needs of smaller rural communities, providing a broad and dynamic offering of strong 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 – all in an attractive, well laid out, easy-to-shop store format.
Shopko is owned by an affiliate 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 320 stores in 21 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 133 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; 4 Shopko Pharmacy locations; and 178 Shopko Hometown stores, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. For more information, visit www.shopko.com.