Although the paint is hardly dry in the seven new ShopKo stores in Utah, company officials are announcing that stores will be built in West Valley City and Logan. They will open in one year.
Gene Bankers, vice president of ShopKo, said the company has just concluded a deal for the two stores to be located at 35th South and 48th West in West Valley City and 1400 North and Main in Logan.The stores will be identical to the other stores with 94,000 square feet of space and accompanying parking lots.
Bankers' announcement came Wednesday during the grand opening of the new ShopKo store at 5959 S. State, Murray, attended by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter, who helped cut the ribbon. That store and the stores in Sandy, West Jordan, Taylorsville, Layton, Ogden and Provo actually opened Monday, but grand openingceremonies were held in each store Wednesday.
The company, based in Green Bay, Wis., already has hired 1,800 employees for the seven stores, and opening of the two news stores will mean an additional 500 jobs, Bankers said. He praised the Utah work ethic as one of the reasons the company decided to locate in the state.
Shopko has utilized a heavy advertising campaign to acquaint Utahns with their new stores, and it apparently has paid off. Long lines of cars circle the ShopKo parking lots and long lines of shoppers have been picking up the grand opening bargains.
With the addition of 12 new stores in the ShopKo chain this year, including the seven in Utah, the company will have 87 stores operating in 11 states, Bankers said. Last year, the company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Super Valu Stores Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., had sales of $1.1 billion.
ShopKo features departments for toys, housewares, apparel for boys, girls, men and women, health and beauty aides, an optical store, a pharmacy, shoes, sporting goods, hardware, lawn and garden, automotive, nutrition center, home decorations, crafts and trim-the-tree.