Pamida begins building conversionPublished 10:52pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Shopko announced Tuesday that the liquidation sale has ended and the store conversion process to Shopko Hometown will begin next week at the Dowagiac Pamida store.
The store and its pharmacy will remain open during the conversion process, which will last between five and six weeks.
The conversion to Shopko Hometown will include new interior and exterior signage, carpet, paint, updated and supplement fixtures and lighting and a new easy to shop store layout. Each of the store’s three primary departments will be converted one department at a time with each department opening to shoppers as soon as it’s complete.
“Since our merger with Pamida early this year, we’ve converted 45 Pamida stores to the Shopko Hometown format,” said Paul Jones, Shopko president, chairman and CEO. “The response from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive and we are thrilled to be just weeks away from introducing this retail concept to Dowagiac.”
The first department to be converted will be consumables, which includes health and beauty, over the counter, candy, beverages and snacks. The department will be open to the public by Sept. 23, followed by the home department, which will open no later than Oct. 7. The home department includes sporting goods, electronics, housewares, toys and domestics. The final department to convert is apparel, which will open by Oct. 14. A grand opening celebration will take place once the entire conversion process is complete.
Shopko is investing approximately $80 million into Pamida store conversions, which occur in phases through the end of the year.