BILLINGS – Since the closure of Good Earth Market a few years ago, downtown Billings has been lacking choices when it comes to groceries.
One new little store hopes to fill a need for the downtown community.
Downtown Billings is welcoming the opening of Lil’ Market, which is owned by Larry Mathew.
The grocery store is at 207 N. Broadway, inside the Valley Credit Union Building.
A Valley Credit Union senior vice president walked into another of Mathew’s business ventures, Mr. Thrifty, with an idea, Mathew said.
“He approached me, said they had a need and this space, so I thought it was a good idea and it’s been going on for about six or seven months now,” Mathew said.
And so Lil’ Market Groceries was born.
The store will provide food, cold drinks, and some toiletries to the downtown community.
“I have no idea how many hundreds or thousands of people are living downtown. I know that there are 5,000 that work downtown so it’s got a good population base,” Mathew said.
Mathew says he isn’t concerned about competition.
“Just a challenging concept. I think there’s a spot for little neighborhood grocers still. Everyone’s going to Amazon Same-Day Delivery or Walmart or whatnot, but I think there’s a place for a little grocery store that will take care of this neighborhood and the people that work in this area,” Mathew said.
The store will sell local Mazevo coffee and other Montana Made products.
“We’re really going to develop,” Mathew said, “We started with a basic grocery set and we’re going to be very flexible. We’re going to let the people come in and tell us what they’re looking for, what they hope to find, and as we can rotate through the stock we’ll try to fit it to the people down here and get them what they want,”.
Lil’ Market Groceries will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will be closed Sundays.