Created: December 02, 2020 02:04 PM
Zup's Food Markets has purchased the former Shopko building in Ely and may expand its offerings when it moves into the larger space next year.
The 32,000-square-foot store on Ely's east end has been vacant since Shopko closed all of its stores nationwide in June 2019. It's nearly double the size of Zup's current store in Ely.
In a news release Wednesday, Jim Zupancich Jr. said their goal is to move into the larger building by September 2021.
"We're moving slowly and looking at all options for that space. This includes dry goods such has sheets, bedding, socks and underwear. We want to be able to provide items that Shopko did carry and make it convenient for people to shop locally," Zupancich said.
Zupancich said they have also contacted banks, pharmacies, and other companies "to see what would work in that space." He said they also plan to bring their sausage facililty to the building, and thanked Sen. Tom Bakk, Rep. Rob Ecklund, St. Louis Co. Commissioner Paul McDonald, and Iron Range Resources Commissioner Mark Phillips for help with the project.
As for the current Zup's building, Zupancich said they have had several interested parties but no commitments. The 17,000-square-foot store was built in 1983.
Zupancich Brothers Inc. also owns stores in Babbitt, Tower, Silver Bay, and Cook.
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