The 300 block of Lander’s Main Street is experiencing a series of business closures this summer and the result appears to be vacancies.
The most recent and notable departure is Old Town Coffee. Previously stationed at the corner of North Third and Main, the coffee shop abruptly closed its doors for the last time on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, the entire space was gutted and Facebook page removed. Requests for comment from the business’s ownership have not been returned.
Additionally, Second Amendment Armored Shack has announced that it will close at the end of the month. Earlier this summer, Main Street Books also closed.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, Lander Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian Fabel said. He believes the economy statewide is feeling the pinch on the oil and gas industry. But conversely, because gas prices have been lower, tourism to Fremont County is up 10 percent this year, he said.
Fabel couldn’t speak to any specific reasons why these specific local businesses are closing, but he said each has likely been dealing with longterm issues.
The Main Street Books location, the former home of Gambles on the 300 block, and Armored Shack location are all for lease. The Old Town location is the only part of the Baldwin Building not currently occupied by Wyoming Catholic College.
In Fabel’s ideal scenario, the spaces would be filled by new retail or restaurants.
On a positive note, he said more and more working professionals are moving to Lander for the outdoor lifestyle. He said climbers wanting to relocate are no longer the types who want to live out of a tent and move on right away. He said he seeing working professionals come to town to not only play in the outdoors but to make a living as well.