Shopko Hometown Store to Open Sunday in Whitefish

Grand opening of new store at Mountain Mall slated for Oct. 2

By Tristan Scott

A Shopko Hometown store will open Sept. 20 in the Mountain Mall in Whitefish, with a grand opening slated for Oct. 2.

The Wisconsin-based retail chain has signed a lease with mall owners Carrington Co. for a 37,500-square-foot space in the center of the mall. Shopko Hometown is the chain’s newest concept, aimed at smaller communities ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 in population, and carrying about 70 percent of the merchandise carried at its larger stores while requiring less than half the space.

The store will add between 25 and 30 jobs to the mall.

The excitement surrounding our grand opening isn’t just about the products we sell, it’s about making life easier for the customers we are privileged to serve,” said Peter McMahon, Shopko CEO, in a prepared statement. “It’s about the stuff that counts – the essentials that help people get ready for work or school or to enjoy the weekend with family and friends.”

A special grand opening event on Oct. 2, highlighted by a $2,500 check presentation to Whitefish High School by the Shopko Foundation, will take place at 8:45 a.m. All residents are invited to join the Shopko team and community leaders for the event. For those who can’t wait for the grand opening celebration, the store will be open to customers starting on Sept. 20.

The first 100 customers in line will receive a free $10 Shopko gift card. A number of prizes will also be given out through “register-to-win” events. Customers will also be encouraged to sign up for Shopko’s loyalty program to receive exclusive mailers, $10 off on their birthday and special email announcements and offers. Each customer who uses a loyalty member card on the day of the grand opening will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree. Refreshments will be served inside the store.

The store will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.