Pay 'N Pak Home Centers, the 102-store home improvement chain that operates in Utah, will honor the American Express Card and the Optima Card effective immediately, according to Kathryn Russell, vice president of retail industry marketing for American Express.

"It is our mission to step beyond the traditional role of most home centers and offer our customers extensive product information and service," said John Markely, chairman and chief executive officer of Pay 'N Pak. "Our decision to honor the American Express Card is one further step in serving as an unsurpassed resource for do-it-yourselfers," he said.Based in Kent, Wash., Pay 'N Pak operates stores in 14 Western and Midwestern states and sells home improvement merchandise ranging from renovation and home decorations to lawn and garden products.