Holiday Village Mall

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Coordinates: 47°29′34″N 111°17′23″W / 47.49278°N 111.28972°W / 47.49278; -111.28972

Holiday Village Mall
JCPenney Great Falls MT.JPG
Entrance to the mall and JCPenney in February 2007
Location Great Falls, Montana
Opening date November 1959
Developer Don F. Robinson
Theodore J. Mitchell
John T. Mitchell
Owner GK Development
No. of stores and services 93
No. of anchor tenants 8
No. of floors 2

Holiday Village Mall is a two leveled shopping mall located in Great Falls, Montana. The shopping center opened in November 1959 with Albertsons as an anchor store. The mall was expanded into an enclosed shopping mall between 1962 and 1967. Today, the mall is anchored by Bed Bath & Beyond, Big Lots, Herberger's, J. C. Penney, Ross Dress for Less, and Scheels All Sports.


Holiday Village Mall sign in 2010

Opening and expansions[edit]

The idea of the Holiday Village Mall was conceived in 1956 by owners Don F. Robinson, Theodore J. Mitchell and John T. Mitchell.[1] The first store in the shopping center, an Albertsons food and drug store, opened for business in November 1959.[1] The shopping center's formal grand opening was held in January 1960.[1] Among the first stores in the 100,000 square-foot center were Hesteds, Rosana, Kops Music Mart, and Holiday Jewelry and Gifts.[1]

The first expansion of the shopping center, completed in September 1962, added an enclosed wing with several new shops and a 4B's buffet-style restaurant.[2] Another addition, a larger Hesteds department store, opened in November 1962.[3] Skaggs Drug Centers acquired the Albertsons pharmacy in July 1963.[4]

Ground was broken for another expansion of the mall in February 1966.[5] The new expansion, which was completed in September, included a Montgomery Ward department store and service center.[6] A third expansion of the mall was constructed in 1967.[7] This expansion included the addition of a Buttrey-Osco food and drug store and a first-run, 796-seat movie theater.[7] The opening of the new section was briefly delayed after a fire caused damage to the new Buttrey-Osco store.[7] In July 1969, a Buttreys Suburban department store opened at the mall.[8]

Anchor changes[edit]

In November 1975, Hesteds announced its plans to close by the end of the year.[9] Four months later, Buttreys Suburban announced plans to close as well.[10] By the end of the year, the former Hesteds space was sold to Herberger's, while J. C. Penney moved into the former Buttreys Suburban space.[11] In 1979, Holiday Village Mall was acquired by Macerich, which renovated the mall the same year.[12]

Following the merger of American Stores and Jewel Companies, Skaggs Drug Centers was rebranded as Osco Drug in February 1985.[13] The Fox Holiday Theater was closed in January 1989.[14] In November 1989, Buttrey-Osco announced it would close its store in early 1990.[15] In August 1990, after months of speculation, Sears confirmed plans to close its downtown Great Falls store and relocate to the site of the former Buttrey-Osco store in late fall 1991.[16]

In January 1999, Montgomery Ward announced it would close its store after 33 years at the mall and 70 years in Great Falls.[17] Shortly after the announcement, The Bon Marché, which had recently closed its downtown Great Falls store, announced it was considering opening in the vacant Wards space.[18] In August, Albertsons, the mall's first tenant, announced it would close at the end of October.[19]

In March 2000, Herberger's announced it would move from its current store into the empty space.[20] In December 2001, Osco Drug announced it would move from its current space to a free-standing location on the site of the former Montgomery Ward auto center.[21] However, Osco Drug officials later scrapped their plans.[22] Ross Dress for Less announced plans to open a store in the vacant Albertsons space in March 2005.[23] After numerous delays, the store was finally opened in April 2007.

Recent development[edit]

In November 2005, Scheels All Sports, which has operated in the mall since 1968, announced plans build a larger store on the site of the former Herberger's building.[24] Plans were later changed to remodel the vacant space, instead of the demolishing the vacant building.[25] After much anticipation, Scheels opened its new store in February 2007.[26] The empty Scheels space was quickly filled by Bed Bath & Beyond in October 2007.[27]

In July 2006, Macerich sold the shopping center to GK Development.[28]

In 2009, CVS Pharmacy, which acquired Osco Drug from Albertsons in 2005, closed its store after a new free-standing location was built nearby.[29] The old CVS store was replaced by Big Lots in November 2011.[30] Sears announced the closure of its store in September 2014.[31] A Sears Hometown Store was opened in the mall in November 2015.[32]

In November 2016, it was announced that Hobby Lobby and PetSmart will move into the vacant Sears space in spring 2017.[33]


Former anchors[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Holiday Village Has Grand Opening Today". Great Falls Tribune. January 20, 1960. 
  2. ^ "Holiday Village Has 3 New Shops, Restaurant". Great Falls Tribune. September 30, 1962. 
  3. ^ "Hesteds Store, Cafeteria Open Today in Holiday Village". Great Falls Tribune. November 8, 1962. 
  4. ^ "Now 2 Skaggs Drug Centers in Great Falls". Great Falls Tribune. July 5, 1963. 
  5. ^ "Shopping Center Activity Increases". Great Falls Tribune. February 27, 1966. 
  6. ^ "New Montgomery Ward Co. Store Having Grand Opening Here Today". Great Falls Tribune. September 28, 1966. 
  7. ^ a b c "Early December Grand Opening Planned at Holiday Village". Great Falls Tribune. November 12, 1967. 
  8. ^ "New Buttreys opens Tuesday". Great Falls Tribune. July 27, 1969. 
  9. ^ "Closeout sale scheduled by Hested's". Great Falls Tribune. November 8, 1975. 
  10. ^ "Buttrey department stores to close in Falls, Havre". Great Falls Tribune. March 3, 1976. 
  11. ^ "Penney move to be completed by November". Great Falls Tribune. July 4, 1976. 
  12. ^ "Macerich Annual Report 2000". EDGAR. March 21, 2000. 
  13. ^ "American Stores announces major realignment". United Press International. November 23, 1984. 
  14. ^ "Theater putting on new face". Great Falls Tribune. January 29, 1989. 
  15. ^ "Buttrey, Osco to close stores in mall". Great Falls Tribune. November 8, 1989. 
  16. ^ "Sears confirms mall move". Great Falls Tribune. August 10, 1990. 
  17. ^ "Montgomery Ward leaving town". Great Falls Tribune. January 16, 1999. 
  18. ^ "Bon explores coming back to Great Falls". Great Falls Tribune. January 22, 1999. 
  19. ^ "Albertson's closing Holiday Village store". Great Falls Tribune. August 12, 1999. 
  20. ^ "Herberger's moving to old Montgomery Ward's space". Great Falls Tribune. March 1, 2000. 
  21. ^ "Osco set to build new store". Great Falls Tribune. December 18, 2001. 
  22. ^ "Osco Drug to stay put". Great Falls Tribune. October 20, 2002. 
  23. ^ "Ross to lease old Albertsons position at mall". Great Falls Tribune. March 24, 2005. 
  24. ^ "Scheel's to build store". Great Falls Tribune. November 19, 2005. 
  25. ^ "Design board praises Scheels' plans". Great Falls Tribune. March 15, 2006. 
  26. ^ "Scheels debut hits target for thousands of Great Falls sports lovers". Great Falls Tribune. February 11, 2007. 
  27. ^ "Bed Bath & Beyond opens new store in Great Falls". Blackfoot Valley Dispatch. October 4, 2007. 
  28. ^ "Holiday Village Mall - Great Falls, Montana". GK Development. 
  29. ^ "Businesses move to make way for new CVS". Great Falls Tribune. June 18, 2008. 
  30. ^ "Cafe Rio, Big Lots coming to Great Falls". KRTV News. October 19, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Sears will close in Great Falls in December". Great Falls Tribune. September 17, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Sears Hometown Store coming to Great Falls mall". Great Falls Tribune. November 4, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Hobby Lobby and PetSmart will open in Great Falls". Great Falls Tribune. November 10, 2017. 

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