Evergreen IGA, a Montana-owned longtime grocer in business in Billings, is slated to close in two weeks.
Employees at both the store Friday morning and the grocer's central office confirmed the closure, saying that employees were told the store would be closing in two weeks. The company that owns the store, Van's, opened its first store in Browning in 1932 and operates seven Montana grocery stores including the Billings store, according to its website.
The closure is another step toward a grocery scene not only dominated by larger chains, but devoid of smaller ones.
Albertsons, the continent's second-largest grocer, has six stores in Billings. Wal-Mart and Target have extensive produce and grocery selections. Lucky's, a national chain, opened a Billings store in 2014. WinCo Foods, an 18,000-employee chain with stores in 10 states, opened a Billings store in March.
Evergreen IGA was honored by the Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council and the Bull Mountain Land Alliance in 2014 for making an extra effort to promote Montana products.