GREEN BAY, Wis., Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopko announces that legendary Green Bay Packers player Willie Davis will make a rare public appearance at the Shopko store located at Bay Park Square Mall in Ashwaubenon from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Davis and have him sign his new autobiography "Closing the Gap." Although it won't be on sale elsewhere until October 1, customers will be able to purchase the book at Shopko during this special event.
Davis, who played offensive tackle, was originally a 15th round draft choice by the Cleveland Browns in 1958. Two years later, famed Green Bay Coach Vince Lombardi traded for Davis and moved him to defense, launching the career of one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history. Willie Davis went on to earn All-Pro honors five times and was selected to five Pro Bowls, while being a key member of all five of Lombardi's NFL Championship teams in the 1960s.
Davis played in Green Bay for 10 seasons, appearing in 138 consecutive regular season games and Super Bowls I and II before being named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 1960s. His 21 career fumble recoveries remain an all-time record in Packers team history. Davis was named to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981 and served on the Packers' Board of Directors from 1994-2005.
"As the official Hometown Store of the Green Bay Packers, we're honored that Willie Davis has chosen to launch the sale of his inspiring autobiography 'Closing the Gap' at our Ashwaubenon store," said Paul Jones, Shopko President and CEO. "Mr. Davis is well known and respected for his pursuit of excellence both on and off the field – as the best defensive lineman of his time and later as a successful businessman and philanthropist. We are proud to host this very special event and hope Packers fans will stop by to take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet a Green Bay legend."
The Ashwaubenon Shopko store is located at 301 Bay Park Square.
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates almost 350 stores in 22 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 134 Shopko stores, providing quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services in small to mid-sized cities; 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept; and 89 Shopko Hometown locations, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. In addition, Shopko is in the process of converting over 90 recently-acquired stores and pharmacies to the Shopko brand.
Shopko is owned by affiliates of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private investment firm focused on leverage buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in market-leading companies.
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