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Cutline from Thursday, May 22, 1980 Gazette: Groundbreaking work for the new 100,000-square-foot ShopKo retail center on Highway 14 on Janesville's North Side started this week. The new retail facility will feature a pharmacy, optical center, home improvement and discount book departments in addition to ShopKo's standard merchandising. Company officials estimate the new stores will employ about 200 people with an annual payroll of more than $1 million. The grand opening is scheduled for sometime in late fall of 1980. The general contractor is Tonn and Blank of Michigan City, Ind., and subcontractors will be employed from the local area. A press conference announcing the future plans is scheduled next Tuesday.
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