Pamida’s days in New Hampton are winding down, and Shopko Hometown’s are rapidly approaching.
Pamida store officials say their store — with the exception of the pharmacy, which will keep its regular hours — has started the transition that will lead to it becoming a Shopko Hometown by mid-October.
Shopko Hometowns are geared toward communities ranging in population from 3,000 to 8,000 and by the end of this year, almost all Pamida stores will become Shopko Hometowns.
“We basically have six phases in the transition,” said Ben Hoffert, the New Hampton store’s assistant manager, “and we’re at stage four and once we get to six, we’re a Shopko Hometown.
“The thing we really want to emphasize is that the pharmacy will be open throughout the entire process. We can’t say that enough because we don’t want people to worry that they won’t be able to get their prescriptions.”
As part of the process, Pamida has started liquidating its merchandise.