Town & Country rendering

This rendering shows the Town & Country Foods proposed for west Bozeman.

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Town & Country Foods has filed an informal application with the city for a new location in rapidly growing west Bozeman.

Town & Country bought property in January on the back end of Ferguson Farm, closest to Fallon Street, said president Travis Frandsen. Plans are in preliminary stages and subject to change, but renderings depict a gray building with wood accents, red umbrellas, a wavy awning and the classic green Town & Country sign. Plans also call for around 190 parking spaces.

Within the store, Frandsen said he plans to grow Town & Country’s fresh options, including organic and natural offerings, expanding what the store has done at its South 11th Avenue location.

“In the next store, we want to take it to the next level,” he said.

In the past, people would go to buy groceries once every one or two weeks, he said. Now, people are going several times in one week, and he said Bozemanites are especially drawn to fresh and natural foods.

Opening another location is also a strategic move for the grocery store. As Bozeman grows to the west, Frandsen said Town & Country is trying to get ahead of the curve.

“We’ve been looking on that west side of town for a while because that’s where all the growth is,” he said.

News that Bozeman’s second high school would open on Oak Street and Cottonwood Road was another part of what sealed the deal, he said. There also aren’t as many grocery stores in the area, and he said he saw an opportunity to expand services on that side of town.

While some details could change, he said the store is committed to the Ferguson Farm location, as other spots it had considered wouldn’t be available in time for Town & Country to build within its desired timeline.

As Town & Country expands, Frandsen said he isn’t sure what will happen to its North 19th Avenue location in the long term. There isn’t room to physically add on space, and he said parking has been a problem.

“We’re still working on that right now,” he said.

While dates are subject to change, Frandsen said he sees the Ferguson Farm location opening in late 2020 or early 2021.

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Abby Lynes can be reached at alynes@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2651. Follow her on Twitter @Abby_Lynes.

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