I’m disappointed: only ONE person left a comment to guess about the Retro picture! So either nobody cared, or nobody (except GeeGuy) was brave enough to venture a guess. The answer is: Buttrey’s! Check out this ad from 1964:
Although I arrived in Great Falls a few years after Buttrey’s was transformed into Albertson’s, Smith’s and a few other names, I still hear people refer to the once thriving chain. Did you know that Buttrey’s even branched out into radio and television? Yep – the FBB in “KFBB” stands for Frank Buttrey Broadcast.
How many of you remember Buttrey’s?
UPDATE: Heh…got an e-mail from a field agent:
I read your Buttrey’s item, and had a reply that I thought might not be altogether suitable for your comments section, but which I thought you might find amusing nonetheless. In November of the last year or so of Buttrey’s existence as Buttrey’s, a joke was going around town that if you dialed 1-800-BUTTREY, you’d be entered in a drawing for a free Thanksgiving turkey. Turns out that the people who actually dialed it got a nasty surprise: since different letters occupy the same numbers on the keypad, the number dialed also corresponded to 1-800-BUTTSEX, which was the real number. No, I didn’t fall for it. But I almost did!
So did any of YOU try calling that number…?