Now that you know…who IS Shopko?

News in our county can spread like wildfire at times. That seems to have been the case last week as the EDC formally announced the name of the new retailer that is about to locate a department store in our part of the world. In a press release, the details for the store are as follows:

The Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation is very proud to announce the completion of a deal with Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC, to locate a 25,000 square foot store on property located at Hwy 148 and Lumar Drive in Lumar Addition. This project is the culmination of eleven months of hard work for the JEDC Board of Directors, the City Council, the City Staff, and the Shopko entities. Construction is scheduled to begin in approximately four weeks. Not only will this new business add jobs to our local economy when it opens, but will also provide jobs during construction. We are excited to add Shopko to our list of local businesses, adding tax base and sales tax revenue along with the added payroll. JEDC endeavors to add businesses to our economy that will help us recapture the thousands of dollars that leave Jacksboro and help to fund other communities where our citizens shop. Shopko is a retailer for smaller communities, to serve our needs.

The following is information from the Shopko website:

Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC operates 361 stores in 24 states throughout the Central, Western and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 131 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; 5Shopko Pharmacy locations; and 220 Shopko Hometown stores, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. At Shopko, we’re not a big box. We’re a better box. .Our stores are simple, clean and welcoming. Not overwhelming. Just the essentials you need, from brands you trust – at a fair price. Because at the end of the day, it really isn’t about the stuff… It’s about the life you live with it.

Shopko has over 18,000 teammates.

Once the announcement hit the social media airwaves, chatter about the retailer was abundant. Many questions remain as to what they will carry (according to the website) they list brand names such as

The store website also lists major brands of shoes such as Nike, Reebok, Sketcher and others. Samsung is listed as a brand of televisions they sell, and they will even have kitchen appliances, such as smaller sized refrigerators. The retailer also mentions an optical department, which would be a great benefit for locals.Shopko rendering (1)-1 Shopko rendering (1)-2

As we await the arrival of new ventures, it gives the area a bit of hope in that we will soon have local options that will give local jobs. In the ongoing economical down slide, that is something we all can look forward to.


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