It has been numerous decades since the Hart-Albin Building, at 208 N. Broadway, housed retail. But that is all about to change in March 2024, when Yesteryears Antique Mall and their 100+ vendors relocate to the lower level of the historic Hart-Albin. Yesteryears is a locally owned antique mall open seven days a week in the heart of downtown Billings. Yesteryears will be here at their current location, 102 N. 29th Street, until the end of January. They will start the big move in February and hope to be open on March 1st. View the Yesteryears: Store-wide Moving Sale
The store brings retail back to the popular corner of N. Broadway and 2nd Avenue N.. There hasn’t been retail open at any of the four corners of Skypoint since 2018 when Lou Talbert closed due to the owners retiring after 38 years of operating in downtown Billings. Yesteryears draws tens of thousands of customers into their doors annually. They are open seven days a week and the owners are very excited to be in the middle of the downtown events.
The new Yesteryears Hart-Albin location is comparable in square footage to their current 20,000+ sq ft location and is both ADA compliant and single level. Their current three level location on N. 29th is not ADA compliant. The Yesteryears Owners, Austin and Danny Kramer, have been busy getting their new space ready. The Kramers have plans for an expanded latte bar. The Hart-Albin space they are moving into has been vacant since 1996. Their new landlords, Zoot Properties, have been busy with a number of facility updates in preparation for their new tenants and the community who will be coming in to shop at the over 100 small businesses that make up Yesteryears.
The plans for the current location
The relocation is due to a large upcoming 12-story housing and commercial development project recently announced and slated for the current Yesteryears location. The Downtown Billings Partnership (the Downtown Development arm of our organization) purchased the current Yesteryears location in 2016 with the intent of re-development. The Downtown Billings Partnership (DBP) never indented to be permanent landlords of the property, and in early 2023 the DBP board moved forward with a public Request for Proposal (RFP), seeking interested developers and development projects for the large 1st Avenue N. and N. 29th Street corner building. During the RFP process the DBP and partners connected the Yesteryears’ owners with a comparable 20,000+ square foot space in the Hart-Albin building as ensuring established businesses remain open is is a top priority for our organization.