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A line-up of people stretched well into the parking lot for the grand opening of the newly expanded 35,000 square foot Shopko Hometown Store along Hwy. 65 on Ellsworth’s northwest side Friday. The first 100 customers in line received a free $10 Shopko gift card. A number of prizes were also given out through “register to win” events.1 / 4
Ellsworth High School Principal Mark Stoesz accepted a check for $2,500 from The Shopko Hometown Foundation on behalf of EHS Friday. Stoesz expressed appreciation for the donation and said it will benefit the local school’s science department.2 / 4
Ellsworth Village President Gerald DeWolfe shared some comments about how gratified village officials are to witness the expansion the local Shopko Hometown Store represents at its grand opening Friday. The village provided financial incentives to the business in exchange for a promise to revive the retail outlet and operate it over at least the next decade.3 / 4
Local Manager Yvonne Larson handled the scissors as a ribbon cutting was held Friday morning to kick off the grand opening of Ellsworth’s Shopko Hometown Store. Store team members were joined by village and chamber of commerce officials for the occasion.4 / 4

A line-up of people stretched well into the parking lot for the grand opening of the newly expanded 35,000 square foot Shopko Hometown Store along Hwy. 65 on Ellsworth’s northwest side Friday. The first 100 customers in line received a free $10 Shopko gift card. A number of prizes were also given out through “register to win” events. Refreshments were available inside the store, which had formerly operated under the Pamida name, a chain acquired by Shopko last year. Although the pharmacy portion of Ellsworth’s location had continued to be open during the transition, the remainder of the store was vacated until its reinstatement now. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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