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Photo Gallery: Shopko opens its doors to eager customers

| September 20, 2012 5:00 PM

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<p>Barb Desch was the 99th customer to receive a $10 gift card Thursday morning during Shopko's grand opening.</p>

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<p>First customer through the checkout Thursday was Earl Goble. (Opal Petrin right)</p>

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Shopko Ribbon

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<p>Susan Boche</p>

Customers arrived early and eager to see the transformation, and just after  9 a.m. they were through the doors.

Shopko Hometown Manager Marion Craig presented Libby High School Principal Rik Rewerts with an oversize check for $2,500.

Rewerts thanked Craig and Shopko for the donation and then stressed the need for the retailer in Libby.

Following Boche at the podium was Marion Craig, the local store manager, who has served Libby for 22 years while with Pamida.

“We’re very excited about the brand names Shopko is bringing to Libby,” said Craig, who admitted she shops locally.

“I’m just excited for us, for all of Libby,” she said.

That excitement made for a big day in Libby.