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Going out of business. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Going out of business
The nation-wide ALCO chain filed bankruptcy in October, 2014.

Price reductions. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Price reductions
Price reductions started at 10-40% in December, 2014 and were lowered each week until January 30, 2015.

Last day - Prices slashed. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1 FM Radio.
Last day - Prices slashed
In the final hours on Friday, January 30th, prices were slashed to 90-95% of lowest ticketed price. Leftover merchandise will be donated to local charities.

All sales final. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1 FM Radio.
All sales final

Doors closed. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1 FM Radio.
Doors closed
An ALCO employee stood at door to let people out, but no one was allowed in after 8PM on Friday, January 30th. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1 FM Radio.
Pinedale says goodbye to ALCO
National retail store closes doors citing economic downturn
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30th was the last day open for the Pinedale ALCO store. All merchandise that was still left after weeks of deep discounts was slashed to 90-95% off, with additional discount at the cash register making the final prices insanely cheap. A large crowd flocked to the store for last minute great deals. The store closed its doors for good at 8:00PM. Anything left over will be given to local charities. The Pinedale ALCO opened in May 2012.

The company, ALCO Stores Inc, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on October 12, 2014. The company operated 198 stores in 23 states throughout the U.S., including four in Wyoming. They employed about 3,000 employees. The companyís stores are located in smaller markets not served by other regional or national broad line retail chains. The nation-wide store closed citing a drop in consumer spending on a lingering economic slowdown.

The good news for the local store is that most of the ALCO staff will be able to have new jobs in the new store that will be moving into the location. The store will be closed for about six months for cleaning and transitioning to the new owner, Bomgaars.

According to their website, Bomgaars is a family-owned and operated supplier with 69 stores in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming, employing approximately 1800 people. The corporate office and distribution center are located in Sioux City, Iowa, where the company began in 1952. They stock over 50,000 items in 13 major departments, including Lawn and Garden plus Nursery, Clothing and Footwear, Farm, Pet and Automotive supplies, Paint, Hardware, Tools, Housewares, and Toys.

"Our mission is to have what you need, when you need it, at the right price. Our product mix reflects that goal, taking "One-Stop" convenience a step further by including a pronounced seasonal emphasis. In order to have what you need year round, every Bomgaars store restocks to suit the season. Most other stores look pretty much the same year round, but Bomgaars rebuilds half the store and more every Spring and Fall.

Springtime at Bomgaars means fencing, field seed, sprayers and pumps, grass seed, mowers and tillers, and stacks of fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides. The greenhouse fills with flowers, vegetables and herbs. Shrubs and trees arrive by the truckload in all the popular varieties. Grills and lawn furniture come out with the landscaping supplies. When the days get warmer, youíll find water hoses, bug sprays, dehumidifiers, fans and air conditioners.

When Autumn approaches we move in supplies for weatherizing your home and car plus insulated clothing to keep you warm, and we stock an arsenal of tools for winning the battle over winter, like heaters, shovels, ice scrapers and snowthrowers. Then, holiday decorations and Toyland take over center stage. With One Stop at Bomgaars, you can do your Christmas shopping for the whole family and pick up everything you need to deal with cold weather.

Bomgaars has an excellent reputation throughout the region for high quality merchandise, first-rate service, and competitive pricing on products chosen for reliability and value. Having what you need, when you need it is a promise we keep year round at Bomgaars, your 4-season store!"

Photos by Bob Rule-KPIN 101.1 FM Radio and Dawn Ballou-Pinedale Online

Related Links
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  • ALCO store Grand Opening May 26 - May 8, 2012
  • ALCO works with Food Basket for shampoo donations - December 10, 2012
  • Pinedale schools to get percentage of ALCO purchases Dec. 20 & 21 - December 19, 2013
  • Court decision expected soon on ALCO bankruptcy - November 18, 2014
  • ALCO to liquidate assets - November 19, 2014
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