Town and Country Foods

Town & Country Foods, Inc. (T&C), owned by the Perlinski family, has been in the business of providing low-cost groceries in Bozeman, Montana for four decades. T&C began its warehouse style of grocery store in an old tea cannery building in Bozeman’s industrial neighborhood. Through the years, T&C has become a fixture in the Bozeman community, offering affordable, local, and organic groceries. In 2009, the Perlinski’s considered opening a second store in Bozeman’s underserved, low-income, Southside neighborhood that did not have a local grocery. To help T&C open its second location and reach an underserved community, Montana CDC, working with Big Sky Western Bank, provided $8 million in NMTC financing for the purchase and renovation of a vacant movie theater. The newly renovated T&C houses the grocery store, which provides the Southside community access to local and organic groceries, and also includes additional retail and restaurant space in an area of town with few commercial services. The NMTC investment generated over 60 permanent full-time jobs, 10 part-time jobs and 100 construction jobs, all in an area with an unemployment rate well above the national average. T&C has a stellar track record of employee loyalty and these high quality jobs feature excellent benefits, including employee ownership options. T & C has created a catalytic effect on Bozeman’s Southside neighborhood. New infrastructure improvements such as a new traffic light, new bike lanes, and improved sidewalks and streetscapes provide an anchor for future commercial services and encourage foot traffic. The neighborhood has also become more resident friendly, witha grocery store where people need it, and making the area more amenable for further development. Since T&C moved into the neighborhood, the area has been designated a residential emphasis mixed-used zoning area (REMU) which will encourage more services and development of the area. In fact, two previously vacant lots have recently been identified for development into mixed use housing and commercial spaces.

Butte Ace Hardware

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Premier Technology

This rural Idaho business manufacturers specialized steel components for food and energy industries and is creating both quality and accessible jobs in a small town.

Rural Grocery Stores

This project is the rehabilitation of two rural grocery stores located in food deserts in small towns in Idaho and Montana.

Capitol Distributing III, LLP

The project is new construction of a building that will house for distribution goods sold in convenience and small grocery stores. The new facility will allow the QALICB to add an on-site training and education facility in coordination with the College of Western Idaho, a non-profit that provides job training to refugees and ex-prisoners, and a local apprenticeship program.

Arapaho Childcare & Healthcare

Located on the Wind River Reservation, this project is the development of a medical clinic and childcare clinic in a rural medically underserved area that will enhance existing and provide new essential services for tribal members.

Bozeman Community Food Co-op


Helena Armory

Rehabilitation of abandoned downtown buildings into commercial office space.

Hemming Cedars

Mixed use project in downtown Rexburg, including 130 housing units, retail, restaurant and professional office space.

Great Falls Rescue

After standing vacant for nearly a decade, the final lot leveled by a 2009 natural gas explosion is bringing new community benefits to downtown Bozeman. The new Osborne Building at 233 E. Main St. will be an innovative reflection of Bozeman’s modern economy, with restaurant space, rental office space for nonprofits that serve low-income communities, and flexible office space for startups and small businesses. The concept for the new 33,000-square-foot building was developed by local businessmen Bryan Klein, Casey Durham, Chad Bottcher and Jamie Bottcher, who wanted to find a solution for the lot that would not only address a longstanding vacancy but also help meet community needs.