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The Base Camp’s proprietors want to sell their businesses and retire, but the stores will remain open



Billings, Montana – The Base Camp’s proprietors are selling their businesses and retiring, but they will keep them open.

“It’s been a great 48 years,” owner Scott Brown said. “I think the highlight of owning The Base Camp is getting to know all these great staff members and our customers. I used to tell my staff our customers were our most important asset. Over time, I realized it’s my staff that is our most important asset.”

Owner Scott Brown stated that they are currently in discussions with four potential purchasers. They are seeking a buyer who can ensure a smooth transition for both the workers and the customers.

“It’s not about the money,” he said. “We want to find a buyer who’s really a good fit. Someone that will do a great job with the store. And someone who will take care of our staff.”

Patrick Brunsvold, an accessory buyer, has 20 years of experience at The Base Camp.

“I started here right out of high school,” he said.

Brunsvold returned to The Base Camp after receiving a degree in finance.

“Scott and Deb have been great people to work for over the years,” he said. “And it was just a natural fit to stay here.”

The Base Camp offers a wide range of outdoor recreation equipment for sale. They have locations in Billings and Helena.

After retiring, Brown and his wife Deb intend to spend more time outdoors and with their grandchildren.

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