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Building up Bomgaars

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John Zorbas, left, and Steve DuMond work together to level

John Zorbas, left, and Steve DuMond work together to level the shelving walls on Tuesday afternoon in the old Shopko building. Lots of hands are working together to get the store set up and ready to go for their goal opening day of September 2.

Sections of the store were marked off with sticky note chunks

Sections of the store were marked off with sticky note chunks labeled “Done” as they were finished on Wednesday afternoon in the old Shopko building. The Most of the shelves are up and just being leveled or receiving shelves and hooks now.

Each row of shelves is labeled with a sticky note

Each row of shelves is labeled with a sticky note signifying what goods will he placed in each section on Wednesday afternoon in the old Shopko building. Manila envelopes are also placed on the bottom shelf with information about the goods in the section.

Joyce Alley hangs peg hooks in one of the rows

Joyce Alley hangs peg hooks in one of the rows on Wednesday afternoon in the old Shopko building. The hooks are placed in specific locations based on example pictures showing how to lay everything out.

A handful of products have been set aside in one corner

A handful of products have been set aside in one corner of the store as they continue building shelves and displays on Wednesday afternoon in the old Shopko building. Most of the goods already there were clothes either hanging up or stored in boxes for now.

Eric Fort places the next shelf in as he works up from the bottom

Eric Fort places the next shelf in as he works up from the bottom on Wednesday afternoon in the old Shopko building. Bomgaars is still looking to hire a number of people for the coming weeks to get the store set up before opening.

Rebecca Bunch-Burdick counts out the fastback pegs

Rebecca Bunch-Burdick counts out the fastback pegs she has placed on the wall to make sure she has enough and has them in the right position on Wednesday afternoon. The pegs hang at varying heights to keep the different sized items hanging with space.

Shelves are set up and lining the back of the store

Shelves are set up and lining the back of the store on Wednesday afternoon in the old Shopko building. The goal is to open the store in early September.

Steve DuMond hooks in a top shelf

Steve DuMond hooks in a top shelf on Wednesday afternoon in the old Shopko building. DuMond alternated between putting in the bottom shelves and the top shelves.

The large “Thank You” and “Restrooms” signs

The large “Thank You” and “Restrooms” signs decorate the exit and bathroom entrances in the store still as shelves are being set up on the floor on Wednesday afternoon in the old Shopko building.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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