North 40 Outfitters is officially moving out of the Holiday Village Mall and into the former Kmart building at 3180 U.S. Highway 2 West in Havre.
The remodeling process will begin immediately, North 40 media spokesperson Drew Steinberger said in a press release dated Thursday.
“Relocation and an opening date are not currently set,” he said.
North 40’s current space is 48,000 square feet.
The relocation will allow expansion in the ranch, clothing, footwear, automotive, tools, pet, lawn and garden, hardware and sporting goods departments.
North 40 has 10 stores: two in Montana, five in Washington and three in Idaho. The company has 750 employees.
Kmart first came to Havre in 1977, with a store on the east side of town. The company closed that store and opened the large Kmart store on U.S. Highway 2 West.
Kmart announced it was closing its Havre store last June 28. The store’s closing was part of a companywide effort to “streamline” operations and focus on the best performing stores, according to a Sears Holdings Corp. communications director.
In 2018, the Holiday Village Mall lost two anchor stores, Herberger’s and Sears Hometown Stores. The mall website says there are 18 tenants now, including North 40.
The Holiday Village Mall opened on Nov. 8, 1978, at a cost of $8 million. The project was spearheaded by developers Ted and Jack Mitchell, a father-son duo out of Great Falls.
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Holiday Village Mall general manager Michael Liese said Friday morning: “North 40 has been a great tenant at our center for many years and continues to be. I cannot speculate or comment on their business plans for the future. I can only speak to them currently still being a tenant at Holiday Village.”
Liese said he will share information if and when it becomes available, before adding that the shopping center is “continuously seeking new and exciting opportunities that we can bring to the center to enhance the retail offerings and better meet the needs of our customers at Holiday Village.”
This story has been updated to include comment from Holiday Village Mall management.