By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Work is progressing on the former Alco store at the intersection of Highways 6 and 61 in Imperial. Store Manager Janelle Read said a Bomgaars store will open the end of May or the first of June.
Bomgaars is a farm and ranch retail chain that has acquired the leases and fixtures of 12 former Alco stores in four states.
In Nebraska, besides the Imperial store, other new locations include West Point, Ainsworth, Ogallala and Gordon.
Read said Bomgaars is in the process of setting fixtures, hiring personnel, changing signage and stocking merchandise such as clothing, plumbing, fencing, seed and more.
Major departments include lawn and garden, nursery, work clothing and boots, farm, pet, automotive, tools, electrical, plumbing, hardware, paint, housewares and toys.
Some of the brand names that the company offers include Levi’s, Lee, Wrangler, Under Armour, Ariat, Carhartt, Dickies and Key in clothing; Iams, Purina, Blue Buffalo, Country Vet and Science Diet in pet food;
Tool suppliers such as De-Walt, Irwin, Milwaukee, Porter-Cable and Stanley, and lawn and garden such as Husqvarna, MTD, Honda, Scott’s, Bonide and Ortho.
Read said the store will be staffed by about 16 full and part-time employees, most of whom have already been hired. Some are former Alco employees.
Read herself was assistant manager of the Bomgaars store in Chadron before moving to Imperial.
Asked what makes Bomgaars unique, she said, “Definitely our outstanding customer service.”
Bomgaars originated in Sioux City, Iowa in 1952 and the corporate office and primary distribution center remain there.
A fourth generation company, Bomgaars is privately owned by Roger and Jane Bomgaars. There are 69 stores with 1,800 employees.
The Imperial store will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and additional hours to be determined on Sundays, Read said.