It seems hard to believe that Shopko in Duluth has been closed since June of 2019. I for one was really bummed because I really liked going to that store, but apparently, I was alone since they ended up closing. In the meantime, a pop-up Halloween shop temporarily used the space, but now we know exactly what is coming.

Furniture Mart USA purchased the 6.7-acre lot in the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Duluth in April of 2021 for $3 million cash. According to the Duluth News Tribune {Paywall} "the company owns and operates the brands Furniture Mart, Ashley Homestore, Unclaimed Freight Furniture and Carpet One."

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WDIO reports that the outside of the building is getting a few finishing touches being painted a lighter shade of yellow and a temporary sign over the Shopko sign says Ashley Furniture is opening soon and they are now hiring. The website to apply is

Ashley Furniture has over 1,000 stores in the United States and celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2020. I for one am happy that we have another furniture store in the area. Competition is always good and raises the bar for everyone. I have nothing against the major furniture stores in Duluth not at all, I actually just bought a bunch of furniture from them, but again always nice to have options.

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