Our History

Shopko was founded in 1962 by pharmacist James Ruben. When Ruben opened the first Shopko store in Green Bay in 1962, he envisioned a company focused on quality, convenience and value. He saw the opportunity to combine health care services with a large discount store, and in 1971 Shopko became one of the first mass retailers to feature a pharmacy in its stores. In another innovative step, Shopko added optical care centers to its stores in 1978. Today Shopko is known for its excellence in optical care and its best in class pharmacy services.

In 2010, Shopko introduced a new retail concept to augment Shopko’s larger store format: Shopko Hometown. The Shopko Hometown retail format offers a differentiated and financially successful merchandising strategy. Shopko Hometown combines pharmacy services and a comprehensive HBA, household goods and dry grocery assortment with a broad and dynamic offering of strong national brands and high-value private label brands of apparel, home goods, toys, consumer electronics, seasonal items, and lawn and garden products – all in attractive, well laid out, easy-to-shop store format that range in size from 15,000 – 35,000 square feet.

Following its merger with Pamida in early 2012, Shopko acquired and converted over 170 stores and pharmacies to the Shopko brand.

Shopko stores deliver a great customer experience. Clean, spacious and well-lit, the easy to shop stores offer friendly service and on-trend, quality merchandise. Shopko carries name brands such as Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Kitchen Aid, Fisher-Price, Gloria Vanderbilt and Sony. Shopko’s popular private label brands include Willow Bay, Bailey's Point, NorthCrest, Energy Zone, Soft Sensations, Peanut & Ollie and Green Soda.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is now a $3 billion retailer that operates over 330 stores in 21 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 134 Shopko stores, providing quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services in small to mid-sized cities; 176 Shopko Hometown locations, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities; 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept; and 18 Shopko Pharmacy locations.