Montague's closing Rimrock Mall store

2012-11-13T13:54:00Z 2012-11-13T16:25:06Z Montague's closing Rimrock Mall storeBy JAN FALSTAD jfalstad@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

After 20 years operating in Rimrock Mall, Montague’s Jewelers is closing the mall store to focus at its downtown business.

The jewelry, gifts and fixtures at the Rimrock Mall store will be liquidated during a public sale beginning Nov. 16.

W.J. “Wally” Montague opened a downtown jewelry store in 1937. Two decades ago, Montague’s opened a store at Rimrock Mall, and the company re-opened a downtown store at 2810 Second Ave. N. in 2004.

But when the second-generation owner, Jay Montague, semi-retired earlier this year, his son, Chris Montague, said the logistics became a problem.

“Running two stores got to be too difficult,” he said. “Our mall lease was up at the end of the year, and I didn’t renew it.”

Chris Montague now owns and runs the family business.

“The downtown seems to be doing great. I’m excited,” he said, adding that he might open another West End store in the future. 

The mall store will probably be closed at the end of January, he said.

Five employees work at the West End store.

“They are all employees who have been with us a long time and they are well over retirement age, so these are post-career part-time jobs,” Chris Montague said.

Kendall Kavlie, the mall's senior manager, said Montague's has been a longstanding business partner and wished Jay the best.

“Thankfully, with the significant demand for space and record sales growth at the mall, we anticipate announcing a great new retailer in the very new future,” Kavlie said.

 

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