As the subzero temperatures begin to fade away, the construction crews are back at it on the site of Butte's new shopping center under construction just north of Butte Auto on South Harrison Avenue.

While we are still many months away from its opening (or even its completion), it's hard not to reminisce on some of the stores that have come and gone over the decades here in the Mining City.  Of course, there's the magnificent Hennesey's Department Store, which was almost like an anchor for the whole Uptown back in the day.  Hennesey's shut down around the time the Anaconda Company folded, way back in the early 1980s.  There was Ben Franklin's department store.  Len Waters music store.  The Toggery.  The P.O. Newsstand.  If you were hungry, the Gold Rush was always good for an inexpensive breakfast and a game of keno, and the Bronx Supper Club could set you up with a great dinner and entertainment well into the wee hours.  On the flats, we have seen Woolworth's and Herberger's come and go, both occupying, at different times, the same space.  The Lamplighter is gone.  Buttrey's Foods moved to a new location and became Smith's only to disappear into Butte's history.

This new shopping center is definitely needed as hundreds of thousands of dollars annually leaves our local economy to markets just down the road.  Markets that have a Costco or an Old Navy.  A Famous Footwear or a Ross'.  Even chain restaurants like Five Guys or Olive Garden, you would think, would experience great success here in Butte.  Which ones do you want to see come to town?  What stores or services does Butte need right now?  What are the stores that you will travel to in order to shop?

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