Gainan's Flowers and Garden Center plans to open a new location in West Park Promenade, filling 18,000 square feet of space that has remained vacant since the 2016 closure of Hastings Entertainment.

Gainan's will also close its West End and downtown locations.

Charley Hamwey, of Real Estate by Hamwey said Gainan’s has signed a 10-year lease with West Park Promenade, and the new store is expected to be open in early 2018 after design and construction are completed.

Gainan’s Heights Flowers & Garden will remain in its current location.

“In a changing retail world, we have spent months researching and poring over options for Gainan’s Flowers to continue our same level of service to Billings and the surrounding area, while adapting to this change," Mick Gainan said in a press release.

Both Gainan’s current locations on North 30th Street in downtown Billings and on 24th Street West are available for lease at this time.

Family-owned Gainan’s has been a fixture in the Billings retail scene since 1951. One day Grant Gainan announced to his wife, Betty, that he planned to leave his job as a firefighter and open a flower shop.

Her response: "But I don't know a petunia from a geranium," is a cherished piece of family lore.

The April 28, 1951, issue of The Billings Gazette announced the store's opening with an ad proclaiming: "Presenting a most unique display of unusual flowers, plants, centerpieces, corsages, floral supplies and tropical fish."

Over the years, Gainan’s has received several state and national awards. In 2008 Gainan’s received one of the floral industry's top honors by winning the sixth annual Retail Florist of the Year award from the Wholesale Florist and Florist Suppliers Association and Florists' Review magazine.

In 1995 Gainan's received the Nation's Leader Top of Mind Awareness Award because so many local residents associated the name with the flower business. In 1996 the Montana State University-Bozeman College of Business named Gainan's Montana's Family Business of the Year.