PLATTSMOUTH – Plattsmouth residents are already mourning the closure of the town’s Hometown Shopko store in April.
Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert said he is fully aware of the impact Shopko’s announcement last week to close the store will have on local trade.
Lambert: “It’s a blow to the community. With Shopko closing, we’ve had another curve thrown at us,” he said.
Shopko sold its pharmacy to Hy-Vee three months ago.
Lambert: “Shortly after that, Shopko sold even more pharmacies to Hy-Vee – somewhere between 40 and 60.”
Despite rumors, no proposals have materialized regarding a replacement business.
Plattsmouth City Administrator Erv Portis: “It’s been nothing more than some tire kicking.”
The existing Shopko building is 4,500 square feet and structurally sound.
Portis: “The owner has done a good job of taking care of his tenant and provided a good building.”
Plattsmouth has long been served by a box store at that location.
Lambert: “It’s been a citizen going clear back to Gibson’s Discount Store, then Pamida and then Shopko.”
Plattsmouth citizens support the store throughout those years.
Portis: The Shopko store closing here is part of a larger problem. It’s due to how we are purchasing goods today and it’s due to Shopko’s own company.”
Portis said it will be a difficult location to fill due to its size.
Portis: “It’s just about as big as Hy-Vee.”
Lambert: “We’ll assist the owner, however, in finding someone else to fill that building.”