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Pamida Sale Ending, Remodeling to Start

September 14, 2012

Heidi Harris/Times-Record The inside shelves at Pamida look bare as most of the merchandise has cleared out during its liquidation sale, which began in June.

The liquidation sale at Pamida will end Saturday, and the store will be closed for a week starting Sunday as remodeling goes into full swing to convert Pamida to a Shopko Hometown store.

The store will re-open Sept. 23, selling consumables, such as health and beauty items, over-the-counter medication, beverages, snacks and candy.
The remainder of Valley City’s store will not be fully-stocked when it opens again as the apparel and home departments will still need to be converted.

Shopko and Pamida have been familiar with each other since 1999 when ShopKo Stores Inc. purchased Pamida but ran the stores separately. But in 2007, Pamida and Shopko split, and Pamida reestablished its headquarters in Omaha, Neb. Finally, at the beginning of this year, Shopko and Pamida announced their plans to merge and have all but four Pamida stores converted to Shopko Hometown Stores.

Shopko, which was later bought by investment firm Sun Capital Partners Inc., is focused on smaller and rural communities. The company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., and plans to invest $80 million to convert most Pamida stores into Shopko Hometown stores.

Tara Powers, spokesperson for Shopko Hometown, said the home department should open around Oct. 7, and the apparel department is set to open around Oct. 14.

The grand opening is scheduled for the middle of October, with an exact date to be determined.

“We’ll have a ribbon cutting, refreshments and special giveaways, including gift cards,” Powers said.

Also, Shopko will present Valley City High School with a $2,500 check, which the school can use however it chooses. Powers said Shopko has presented the local high school in every market with a $2,500 check as they’ve been re-opening.

Shopko is a general merchandise retailer just like Pamida, but Powers said customers can expect to see more variety and a lot more depth of product selection in certain departments, such as apparel and household.
“There will be more national and high quality, private-label brands that are not currently available at Pamida,” Powers said.

Also new to Shopko is a rewards card, which allows holders to earn points as well as get special offers that are not available to non-cardholders. Applications for the rewards cards can be redeemed at the Valley City store.

The cards are “certainly something we recommend that customers take advantage of to get extra savings.” Powers said.

Powers said Shopko has had overwhelmingly positive response from the stores that have already been converted, and she expects to see the same thing here when the change is complete.

The store will have the same hours of operation, which is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The store will also employ the same staff, including general manager Scott Schmitz.

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