Shopko to add two optical centers in Sioux Falls

Feb. 27, 2019

As Shopko prepares to close its Sioux Falls stores, the retailer has leased two spaces to preserve its optical business in the city.

Both new locations are close to the existing Shopko stores.

The west-side location is in a 41st Street retail center east of Kiwanis Avenue in a space that used to be leased by Black Hills State University.

“We see this an innovative way to capitalize on a successful piece of the Shopko business,” said Raquel Blount of Lloyd Cos., who brokered the space.

“We think their ability to have such a strong location with the presence of that intersection will enhance their optical sales.”

The east-side Shopko Optical store will be slightly larger and is in between Starbucks and Oh My Cupcakes in a new retail center on 10th Street near George Boom Funeral Home.

“We’ve had leasing conversations with a number of potential tenants for that last remaining space,” said Ryan Tysdal of Van Buskirk Cos., who brokered the deal. “Shopko kind of came out of nowhere a couple months back and snatched it up.”

Shopko’s optical lab is among the largest in the nation, he said.

“Being neighbors with high-volume tenants like Starbucks and Oh My Cupcakes was attractive to Shopko Optical,” Tysdal said. “Their primary goal was to keep their eye care center somewhere on East 10th Street to serve their customers, despite their store closure.”

Shopko has announced the Arrowhead Parkway store will close April 14, and the 41st Street location will close May 12. The optical stores likely will open this summer.

Shopko to add two optical centers in Sioux Falls

As Shopko prepares to close its Sioux Falls stores, the retailer has leased two spaces to preserve its optical business in the city.

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