Shopko is projecting another two years of growth and will be adding 10 new Shopko Hometown stores this spring, bringing the total number of new locations this year to 12.
The Green Bay, Wisconsin–based regional retailer plans to grand open the stores in Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, Nebraska, Texas and Utah. Shopko recently acquired 20 locations from Alco Stores to be converted to the Hometown format, and some are included in this group of openings.
The Shopko Hometown format is a smaller store than the company's typical 80,000-sq.-ft. supercenter, coming in at 15,000 to 35,000 sq. ft. The locations are meant to complement the larger units and serve rural communities. The stores carry national brands and private labels in the apparel, home furnishings, toys, consumer electronics, seasonal, grocery, and lawn and garden categories.
Shopko operates 178 Hometown locations and plans 15 greenfield sites this year.
"The rural population is grossly underserved by retailers, so we're eager to bring Shopko Hometown to more communities," said Peter McMahon, Shopko CEO, in an emailed statement. "We've received overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers in our current hometown communities who tell us they appreciate the improved shopping experience and access to a broader, differentiated selection of merchandise, including products and brands previously not available in their community."
Shopko is owned by Sun Capital Partners and opened 53 new stores in 2015.
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