The Gallatin Valley Mall has come a long way since the days of the red carpet and polar bear! While we occasionally get nostalgic for those old days, we couldn't be more excited about the announcement of Whole Foods opening a store in Bozeman. The Gallatin Valley Mall has big plans for redevelopment and Whole Foods announcing that as their location will be the start. Bozeman was designated as the fastest-growing small city in the United States (according to the U.S. Census Bureau) and is continually ranked the #1 Micropolitan area in terms of economic strength (Policom.com), so it is no wonder we are attracting these kinds of businesses.
In 1997 the Gallatin Mall Group acquired the shopping center and has been making improvements and attracting anchor stores since. Over the past several years malls have been closing across the nation as the way people shop and find entertainment is changing. The Gallatin Mall Group is adapting to these changing times with a redevelopment plan for the shopping center. The vision will transform the enclosed mall into a "Main Street" retail experience. The plan is to take the 365,000 square foot center and create public gathering spaces and a diverse mix of retail tenants and entertainment. The Gallatin Mall Group is partnering with a team of three companies to strategize, plan, and execute the redevelopment. The announcement of Whole Foods opening at the Gallatin Valley Mall will certainly be a great start to this plan. The organic grocery store plans to break ground in spring 2021 and is the first in Montana. This concept is something we are seeing trend in Bozeman with Ferguson Farms and the Cannery District having similar ideas of changing the retail and entertainment experience in our community.
The plans for the 37-acre property will add an additional 15,000 feet of retail space after major construction. It will happen over several phases which we will update here as they are announced.
*Photo credit Gallatin Valley Mall