REAL ESTATE

Shopko completes conversion of acquired Pamida Stores

BY Marianne Wilson

Green Bay, Wis. — Shopko announced it has completed the conversion of 163 Pamida stores making it one of the largest U.S. retailers focused on serving smaller and rural communities. It was a year ago that Shopko and Pamida first announced their intent to merge the two companies and convert the existing Pamida locations to the Shopko Hometown store format. One year later, the conversion of the last group of Pamida stores is now complete with the final 36 stores celebrating their official grand openings as Shopko Hometown.

Shopko invested a total of $70 million into efforts to convert the Pamida stores to the Shopko Hometown format.

Shopko currently operates 176 Shopko Hometown stores, a significant jump from just 10 at this time last year.

The Shopko Hometown format combines pharmacy services with a broad and dynamic offering of strong national brands and high-value private label brands of apparel, toys, consumer electronics, seasonal items, and lawn and garden products – all in attractive, well laid out, easy-to-shop store formats that range from 15,000 to 35,000 square feet.

“2012 was a watershed year for Shopko as a result of the merger with Pamida, which significantly increased our store count, employee base and overall revenue. Our team did an exceptional job of integrating the two companies into one and staying on an aggressive schedule for the store conversion efforts. All 163 stores were converted and opened on time," said Mike Bettiga, Shopko interim CEO and COO.

As the company moves into 2013 and beyond, it is solidifying the Shopko Hometown brand and opening more Hometown stores in new communities, Bettiga said.

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OPERATIONS

Men’s Wearhouse simplifies wedding planning with mobile app

BY Staff Writer

Fremont, Calif. — Men’s Wearhouse announced today the launch of a free mobile app called Wedding Tuxedo Group Manager, which provides couples with information about the rental of their wedding party’s tuxedos, simplifying the wedding planning process and providing peace of mind.

The app is equipped with a variety of wedding party management features allowing couples to manage the tuxedo rental process from start to finish, right from their iPhone, including status updates that allow the couple to view which members of the wedding party have and have not been fitted for, picked up, or returned their tuxedos, and tools for easy follow-up with members of their wedding party based on their rental status.

It also provides real-time assistance through a live “chat” functionality with Men’s Wearhouse customer service, and verification of tuxedo style, pickup and return dates

“As the largest tuxedo rental provider in North America, we’re excited to introduce a new tool that makes the tux rental process easier from start to finish, for the entire wedding party,” said Sam Stogner, SVP store operations, Men’s Wearhouse.

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Tractor Supply outsources data center hosting to Peak 10

BY Staff Writer

Charlotte, N.C. — National IT infrastructure and cloud solutions provider Peak 10 Inc. has been selected to host the data center of Tractor Supply Co., the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States.
Tractor Supply is leveraging 24/7 staff in Peak 10’s Nashville, Tenn., facility to maintain its data center environment. By bolstering its IT operations with Peak 10’s data center facilities and best-of-breed technologies, the retailer can support its growth plans, increase its agility, lower costs, improve performance and focus its internal resources on its core competency, retail.

“Our relationship with Peak 10 provides us with best in class IT infrastructure that is both highly available and conveniently located,” said James Callison, chief information officer for Tractor Supply Co., which operates more than 1,151 stores nationwide. “With our data center environment securely set up at Peak 10 Nashville, we are now able to dedicate our efforts to expanding our retail services for our customers knowing that our mission-critical data is in trusted hands.”

Peak 10 offers TSC the ability to flexibly and cost-effectively support its need to scale the business as it grows without significant capital expense.

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