Farmer’s Daughter General Store celebrated with grand opening

Photo by Gary Rood

Members of the Uffelman family gather together Friday morning during the Farmer’s Daughter General Store’s grand opening. Pictured from the left are Brandon Uffelman, Chelsea Uffelman, Renae Uffelman, store owner Landa Uffelman, Gary Uffelman and Laura Uffelman.

Photo by Gary Rood

A sign outside the Farmer’s Daughter General Store in Hardin welcomes customers to the grand opening.

The Farmer’s Daughter General Store in Hardin held its grand opening Friday with a surge of customers looking through the building’s treats, gifts and novelty items. The store is owned and operated by Landa Uffelman, 24, and located at the former site of the Fort Custer General Store along the 200 Block of Center Avenue.

She purchased the building on Jan. 1 from her grandmother Charlene Warren, who had operated Fort Custer – which she called “biggest little store in Montana” – since 1978.

“She had it for 40 years, and before her, my great-grandparents owned it and they had a cafe here,” Landa said. “They bought the building in the ‘50s, opened the cafe and they had that for about five or six years. Then, they turned it into a secondhand store and that’s where we got started in this business.”

According to Landa’s mother Renae Uffelman, it was nice to see a young entrepreneur start up a business in town.

“From Day 1, our whole family’s been involved in tearing out the old and bringing in the new,” Renae said. “I’m very proud of her...she always wanted to buy the store someday.”

Since November 2017, the sounds of remodeling and construction often could be heard as family members worked to renovate the building to their specifications. According to Landa, they replaced the windows, repainted the walls, jacked up the floors, and installed new plumbing and electrical work.

Landa had helped her grandmother run Fort Custer General Store since the age of four. With her now operating her own business, Renae said, her daughter’s dream has “come full circle.”

The business is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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