GREAT FALLS — The Cart Wheel Casino & Liquor Store in Great Falls is closing its doors permanently after 59 years in business.
It closed on March 19th due to COVID-19 restrictions, and reopened for business on May 4th as restrictions were loosened.
Owner Joe McKenney says the COVID-19 pandemic is the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.
He will be working to reduce inventory over the next few days before closing the doors.
McKenney thanked employees and customers for their support over the years and said it's the relationships he will miss the most.
He noted, "It isn't so much about gambling, it isn't so much about winning money. It's a place to sit next to a friend and be served by people you know. We become friends."
Customers will find a commemorative sticker on each bottle highlighting the store's 59 years in business.
The casino has already closed; the store hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. The business is at 1900 10th Avenue South.