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Shopko Stores Overview
Green Bay, WI
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
We provide general merchandise, Pharmacy, and Optical services in our store format of Shopko, Shopko Hometown, and Shopko Express.

At Shopko, we understand what matters to our customers. Our stores are designed to be simple, clean and welcoming, not ... Read more

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  • James is our Regional Optical Supervisor celebrating 30 years at Shopko. He never would have guessed coming out of college that this is where he would be. However, he says that he's been fortunate enough to be surrounded by some of the most dedicated

  • This is Mindy from our store in Greenfield, IA. She always has a same smile on her face from the time she walks in to the time she walks out. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! #youcount

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Shopko Stores – Why Work For Us?

Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC operates 363 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; 5 Shopko Pharmacy locations; and 222 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. the stuff that counts.

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 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.

Our corporate teammates value being part of the Green Bay & greater Northeast Wisconsin community. Here, the most frequent comment you’ll hear is that it’s a great place to live and raise a family. In Green Bay, you’ll find all the advantages of a growing, vital community without the challenges of a large city.

Quick Facts

  • 3rd largest city in Wisconsin and home to the world famous Green Bay Packers
  • Safety: 12th Most Secure Place to Live in the U.S. - Mid-Sized City (Sperling’s Best Places – 2010)
  • Cost of Living: Medium Home or Condominium price is $132,000, making home ownership attainable on virtually every salary (Green Bay Economic Development)
  • Commitment to Educational Excellence: Green Bay Area Public School District offers Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, and High School educational opportunities, and was named to the AP Achievement List by the College Board in 2011, 2012, and 2013 for significant gains in Advanced Placement access and student performance (Green Bay Area Public School District – 2013)
  • Higher Education: Multiple higher education colleges and universities, including University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Bellin College of Nursing, St. Norbert College, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Things to do in the Green Bay Area:

Conveniently located just 20 minutes from the Fox River Valley, with one of Wisconsin’s largest malls; 40 minutes from Door County (often referred to as the Cape Cod of the Midwest), 2 hours from Milwaukee, 2.5 hours from Madison, and 3.5 hours from Chicago, there is no shortage of dining, arts, culture, outdoor recreation, or entertainment in and around Green Bay.

  • Outdoor Recreation: 65 parks around the city, Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, and Heritage Hill, Peninsula, and High Cliff State parks nearby
  • Arts and Entertainment: Multiple venues to take in museums, nationally known concert performers, and Broadway shows; including Appleton Performing Arts Center, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Meyer Theater, Resch Center, The Neville Museum, and The Trout Museum of Art
  • Sporting: Athletic enthusiasts are able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Lambeau Field home of the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay Gamblers semi-pro hockey, Green Bay Blizzard professional indoor football, Green Bay Bullfrogs semi-pro baseball and Appleton Timber Rattlers minor league baseball
  • Shopping: Green Bay Baypark Square Mall offers name-brand and boutique shopping, and nearby Appleton Fox River Mall is one of the largest malls in the state

What makes people different makes us better, stronger, and more efficient.

At Shopko, we strive to create a climate that fosters diversity, while recognizing the unique contributions of individual talents and perspectives. We are committed to bringing together people of different races, genders, cultures, abilities, ages, experiences, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds, and educations.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Shopko provides a fair and equal employment opportunity to every person regardless of age, race, color, creed, religion, handicap, disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, arrest record, conviction record, membership in any state or federal component of the military forces, or use or nonuse of lawful products off Shopko premises during nonworking hours, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Shopko intends to apply these principles to all Company activities including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, wages, benefits, promotions, transfers, terminations, training and facilities.

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Shopko Stores Awards & Accolades

  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2008

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