Evergreen closing

Evergreen IGA at 1540 13th Street West will reportedly close in two weeks.

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. 

Evergreen IGA, 1981

The interior of Bob's Evergreen IGA is pictured in November 1981.

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.

Bob's IGA, 1985

Evergreen IGA, then known as Bob's Evergreen IGA, is pictured in October 1985.

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