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ShopKo and Pamida prototypes on the drafting table

Green Bay, WI — New prototype stores for both the ShopKo and Pamida divisions at ShopKo Stores are in the works as the company plans to re-establish growth investments in both new and existing stores this year.

The ShopKo division prototype is still in development, and executives offered no further details during its fourth quarter conference call this week. However, it said that the first store will be a renovated existing unit in a core market.

The company has also “cranked up site research and analysis” for the first time in several years, said Sam Duncan, president and ceo, looking at potential sites for 2004 openings, with the target locations in existing markets.

In addition, 11 Pamida stores are slated to be modified by early summer, he added, in a design that will reduce space for soft lines in favor of consumables and convenience items. He also said that the company is exploring the possibility of using “recycled” existing real estate to test Pamida store expansion, though he declined to elaborate.

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