The Billings Bookstore Cooperative has a very simple mission: Build an independent full-service bookstore in downtown Billings and turn it into a literary & cultural hub for the city. Using the cooperative model means that we give book lovers a chance to own a piece of the store and participate in its success.
We will open the store late this summer on 29th Street, in the heart of downtown, convenient to the Billings Library, Rocky Mountain College, MSU Billings, the Alberta Bair Theater, and other literary and artistic destinations.
We have a great team heading up the effort, but that’s only the beginning. Dozens of people have been involved in building the co-op, and you could be one of them! To make a community-owned store a reality, we need investors, employees, and volunteers.
The Billings Bookstore Cooperative had its first general meeting in April and seated a board of directors, and hired a General Manager in May.
Carrie La Seur, Board President
Carrie is a novelist, environmental lawyer, and private pilot with a Yale law degree, and a doctorate in modern languages from Oxford University.
Precious McKenzie, Vice President
Precious is an English professor at Rocky Mountain College, and a children’s book author & poet.
Nina Hernandez, Treasurer/Secretary
Nina is a Billings business development director with an emphasis on philanthropy.
Gary D. Robson, General Manager & CEO
Gary is the author of over two dozen nonfiction and children’s books, and has 15 years of bookstore management experience.