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Garner new Shopko manager

A good school system is a big reason Leanne Garner moved herself and five children to Gothenburg.

That and the fact that family lives in Gothenburg and Cozad.

Once in town, Garner applied for a cashier position at Shopko Hometown and ended up as manager last January.

Former manager Meegan Schwager transferred to a Shopko store in Omaha.

Her experience in retail is rich.

When her husband was in the military, Garner worked at Walmarts in Colorado and Kentucky and most recently in Fairbanks, AL, where she opened a new store. She also worked in logistics that has to do with organizing how products are shipped.

As manager of the local Shopko Hometown, Garner said she’s in charge of everything.

“Financials, the morale of the people who work here, the community and having what customers need,” she said.

Garner said she wants the store to be involved with the community and host events like high school groups washing cars in the parking lot to making sure prices are low enough.

“As a single mom, I understand that,” she said.

To give customers what they want, Garner said the store has expanded housewares and domestics and redid the toy, infants and menswear sections.

“We plan to expand our grocery offerings with more food items on sale,” she said.

So far, Garner said she likes her job.

“I like the people and those who I work with and the community,” she said. “I like the work ethic of the people here and I love merchandising.”

Garner’s children include: John Jr., 17; Haley, 14; Emma, 9; Lily, 6; and Olivia, four weeks.

When she’s not working, Garner enjoys sitting on her front porch, spending time with her children, four wheeling and riding bikes.

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