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Shopko Optical Completes Acquisition in Bemidji, MN

March 31, 2022

Rebranding Third Street Optical, to open as Shopko Optical Bemidji on March 31


GREEN BAY, Wis. – Shopko Optical, a leader in providing trusted eye care to communities for over 40 years, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Third Street Optical, 212 3rd St NW, Bemidji, Minnesota.

Shopko Optical Bemidji will open on Thursday, March 31, with Dr. James Terry Hess continuing to provide comprehensive eye care services to his patients in the Bemidji community.

“We are very excited to be part of the Bemidji community,” said Russ Steinhorst, Shopko Optical CEO. “Shopko Optical has built its history by providing patient-centric eye care, high-quality eyewear, and outstanding customer service through its team of dedicated optometrists and opticians. Dr. Hess is a great addition to our team, and we are happy to be able to support his continued practice with an enhanced selection of eyewear and expanded hours to accommodate our patients.”

As part of Shopko Optical Bemidji, Dr. James Terry Hess will continue to provide patients with comprehensive eye care services, including eye exams, contact lens fitting, and detection and management of eye disease.

Dr. Hess graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry and has years of experience serving the Bemidji community. Dr. Hess and Third Street Optical owner David Smith share Shopko Optical’s community values and are looking forward to an association with Bemidji’s local Lions Club to identify eligible children within the area to receive a comprehensive eye exam and pair of glasses through its Kids in Focus program.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Dr. Hess and David Smith and extend our brand in Northern Minnesota,” added Steinhorst. “We’re committed to ensuring our new Shopko Optical Bemidji patients receive the same thorough and trusted care they have come to expect.”

Shopko Optical accepts most major vision plans, including EyeMed, UHC Vision, Davis Vision, Superior Vision, Avesis, and many more. Shopko Optical is also an open-access provider for VSP. 

To certify coverage, book an appointment with an optometrist, or find a Shopko Optical center, visit Shopko.com.


About Shopko Optical
Shopko Optical, the trade name of Shoptikal LLC, is an affiliate of Monarch Alternative Capital LP. For more than 40 years, Shopko Optical has provided excellent patient-centric care and high-quality eyewear through its dedicated team of nearly 800 optometrists and opticians (independent doctors of optometry in IA, ID, MT, ND, SD and WA). Shopko Optical expects further growth in 2022 and beyond. For more information, visit Shopko.com.

For More Information, Contact:
Tricia Schwartz
Public Relations Strategist, Element
Phone: (920) 702-1237
Email: Tricia@goelement.com

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