After 10 years as a Helena bakery, store and deli, Wheat Montana is closing its doors next week.
Owner Jeff Riggs of Three Forks, said the closure comes after a failure to negotiate a lease agreement.
“We were looking for more of a short-term thing,” Riggs said. “We’ve been negotiating with the landlord for quite a while, and we couldn’t come up with a new lease that made sense for the both of us.”
Riggs said the shop, located at 2049 N. Main St. in Helena, has about 10 full-time and part-time employees. He said having to part ways with the staff has been the hardest thing.
“We had just a great staff and we’re super fortunate to have so many fun people working for us,” he said.
Riggs, who owns several other Wheat Montana franchise stores in the state, said there are no current plans to reopen a Wheat Montana in Helena.
But he said there’s a good chance he’ll open a similar restaurant and bakery he’s developed called Clark’s Fork in the future. He currently operates a Clark’s Fork in Bozeman.