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Sportsman's store to open day after Thanksgiving

2007-11-04T00:00:00Z Sportsman's store to open day after ThanksgivingJohn Harrington, Independent Record - 11/04/07 Helena Independent Record

Open for Business

The so-called "busiest shopping day of the year" (in quote marks because the fact is the last Saturday before Christmas is typically bigger) just got busier in Helena. Sportsman's Warehouse announced late last week that its Helena store will open at 10 a.m. on November 23 - the day after Thanksgiving.

The 60,000 square-foot store is nearing completion off of Custer Avenue, just east of Power Townsend on the west side of Interstate 15. An Office Depot retail store that will share the same development is also under construction.

Helena's will be the company's 65th location. Sportsman's Warehouse caters to hunters, anglers and campers with clothing, footwear and equipment. A press release says the local store will offer 50,000 fishing flies, 2,000 firearms and 150 types of binoculars and spotting scopes.

The local store will hold a formal ribbon cutting the day after the grand opening, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Branding Montana: The City of Helena isn't the only one in the midst of a branding exercise hoping to drum up more tourism. Travel Montana, the state's tourism division and a division of the Department of Commerce, has brought a different consultant in to conduct a similar exercise.

A series of four-hour public branding workshops will be held over the next two weeks across the state. Helena's meeting is slated for this Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel.

The workshops will attempt to answer several questions that will seem familiar to anyone who's followed the ongoing branding exercise in Helena: What makes Montana special? What makes the state unique?

For more information on the state's branding effort, go to

All in the Family: A local firm was recently named a 2007 Montana Family Business of the Year from the Family Business Program at Montana State University.

Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage Co. began by delivering groceries and small packages, before winning a postal service contract in the 1950s. Mergenthaler also owns its own repair shop, Western Star Trucks of Montana.

The company was founded by Arthur and Nick Mergenthaler in 1934 and today is run by Dan and Steve, two grandsons and part of the third generation involved in the business.

The company, today a United Van Lines franchise, has more than 500 employees and offices in Montana, Utah, Washington, Oregon and North Dakota.

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