Shopko Hometown in Sheldon

Sheldon’s former Shopko Hometown store will become a Kwik Star convenience store. The Wisconsin-based company recently purchased the property.

SHELDON—Two years after closing, Sheldon’s Shopko Hometown will be razed to make room for a Kwik Star.

The Wisconsin-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip/Kwik Star purchased the property at 1521 Park St. for $520,000 on Dec. 23 after more than six months of consideration.

“We are planning a demo of the Shopko building and a new Kwik Star store being constructed,” said Wade DuMond, a real estate development manager Kwik Trip/Kwik Star.

The family-owned company goes by Kwik Trip in Minnesota and Wisconsin and Kwik Star in Iowa to avoid confusion with QuikTrip, which has 18 stores in the Des Moines metro area.

Construction of the new convenience store and gas station will begin later this year.

The store is projected to open by the end of October.

There are 104 Kwik Star stores in Iowa. The nearest locations to N’West Iowa are in Estherville and Spirit Lake. There also is a Kwik Trip in Worthington, MN.

A second Kwik Star location could be in store for N’West Iowa. The company is eying a site in Sibley, but the store is “still in the process of design,” according to DuMond.

Sheldon’s Shopko Hometown closed June 23, 2019.

Shopko previously had some sort of presence in Sheldon via its various forms at the site along the north side of Highway 18 since 1976 when that location opened as a Gibson’s Discount Center.

Omaha, NE-based Pamida was an investor of Gibson’s and eventually turned those locations into Pamidas.

In 2012, Pamida merged with Shopko of Green Bay, WI, rebranding its smaller stores as Shopko Hometown locations.

Shopko declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2019 after years of closing stores and shedding assets such as is its optometry services and pharmacy counter.

In March 2019, it announced it was shuttering what remained of its 363 stores in 24 states after failing to find a buyer.