GREAT FALLS — After 27 years of business, Eklund’s Fine Furniture in downtown Great Falls will be shutting its doors permanently.
Owner Cal Eklund told MTN News they have sold the building, but will continue to sell appliances at their store on Central Avenue West.
The location that is closing was the Eklund family's first purchase in Great Falls. Cal's grandfather moved from Barber, Montana, and opened a tire shop at the location.
Over the next 80 years, the “Eklund Building” housed a variety of businesses, including a restaurant and a night club called The Gold Rush.
They sold everything from bikes and boats to guns and insurance before the location became a furniture retailer.
"This was our first store and a lot of good memories here,” he said. “Our whole family used to put bicycles together here when I was a little kid. A Lot of great memories, a little bittersweet because it was something that means alot to our family."
Cal said the sale is not Covid-related and that he and his brother will be happy to focus on their second location.
The furniture store , located at 314 1st Avenue North, will be open through mid-January.