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
In 1991, Shopko Stores, Inc. became a publicly-held, independent company
with stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
“SKO”. In December of 2005, Shopko Stores, Inc. was purchased by
an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private investment
firm, and is no longer a publicly owned corporation.
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.
- Shopko merges with Pamida Stores to become one of the largest U.S.
retailers focused on serving smaller, rural communities
- W. Paul Jones succeeds Michael R. MacDonald as Chairman and CEO
- Shopko opens fourth opens prototype store in Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Shopko's prototype store design won first place in Chain Store
Age's 2008 Retail Store of the Year design competition in the
Discount Store/Mass Merchant category
- Shopko opens second and third prototype stores on the same day
in Sussex, WI and North Branch, MN
- Shopko opens three Shopko Express stores - two in the Appleton
area and another in downtown Green Bay
- Shopko opens first prototype store in Suamico, Wisconsin
- New Shopko logo and "my life. my style. my store." tag line introduced
- Shopko announces 80,000 sq ft prototype retail store to open in
- Shopko announces the appointment of Michael R. MacDonald as
Chairman and CEO
- Shopko Stores, Inc. acquired by Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
- Shopko opens three Shopko Express Rx neighborhood drug stores
in northeast Wisconsin
- Shopko consolidates Pamida and Shopko Omaha, NE, distribution
centers, 535,000 sq. ft.
- Shopko announces freestanding drug store prototype to open
- Sam Duncan named President and Chief Executive Officer
- Shopko Stores Inc. sales exceed $3.5 billion
- Jack Eugster named Chairman of the Board
- Shopko opens new state-of-the-art distribution center in Omaha,
NE, 394,000 sq. ft.
- Shopko Boise, Idaho, distribution center expands to 347,000
- Shopko DePere, WI, distribution center expands to 494,000 sq.
- Merck acquires ProVantage
- Shopko acquires Pamida Holding Co., a retailer operating 148
discount stores in small rural markets
- William Podany succeeds Dale Kramer as President and CEO
- Shopko acquires Penn-Daniels Inc., a retailer operating 18
Jacks discount stores
- Shopko repurchases 8.2 million shares of common stock from
SUPERVALU to become an independent corporation
- Surpasses $2 billion in sales (130 stores)
- Shopko President and CEO Dale Kramer named "Retailer of the
- Shopko receives national "Discounter in Service to the Community"
- Shopko Boise, Idaho, distribution center expanded to 214,000
- Dale Kramer succeeds William Tyrrell as president
- Shopko spun-off by SUPERVALU and becomes independent, publicly
owned company with initial public offering of 32 million
shares of stock
- Shopko launches Vision 2000 merchandising strategy
- Shopko President and CEO William Tyrrell named "Retailer of
- Present corporate headquarters building opens in Green Bay,
- Surpasses $1 billion in sales (87 stores)
- Shopko opens seven stores in Utah
- Shopko opens distribution center in Boise, Idaho, 80,000 sq.
- Shopko moves into Montana and Idaho
- Shopko opens distribution center in Omaha, Nebraska, 32,000
- Shopko opens centralized optical lab
- Shopko opens first optical center
- Shopko surpasses $100 million in sales (21 stores)
- Distribution center opens in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 66,000 sq.
- William Tyrrell succeeds James Ruben as president
- Shopko opens its 10th store
- Shopko opens the first in-store pharmacy
- Shopko merges with SUPERVALU Inc., a Minneapolis-based grocery
- Shopko enters a second state, opening a store in Marquette,
- First Shopko store opens in Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Shopko Stores, Inc. organized in Chicago by James Ruben