History of McGowan Grocery

Community Involvement

At McGowan Grocery, our team is not only here to provide groceries to you and your family, but to give back to our community--the community that has supported us for over 125 years. Community involvement is important to our McGowan team and we are proud of the programs, groups and activities that we are able to support, because our community supports us!

  • Sanders County Cancer Network
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Shelton’s Country Music Festival
  • I Love To Read Month at Plains Public Schools
  • Plains-Paradise Senior Citizens
  • Plains-Paradise Chamber of Commerce Activities
  • Plains Days Activities-Fun Run, BBQ, Kids Activities
  • Christmas Movie Goodie Bags for the Children
  • Clark Fork Valley Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament
  • Plains Volunteer Fire Department Banquet
  • Diabetes Fun Run
  • Plains Golf Course
  • Plains Connection Senior Party
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • McGowan Grocery
  • Women in the Outdoors
  • Food Bank
  • Fly In Pancake Breakfast
  • JMG Blood Draw Contest
  • Wildhorse Youth Soccer
  • Plains Baseball Assn
  • Plains Booster Club
  • Broadcasting of Divisional Basketball Games
  • Plains Womans Club & Shakespeare in the Park
  • Plains Swim Team
  • Little Star Preschool
  • Tuesday Sr. Bowling
  • Various Memorials to Individuals in our Community
  • Help to Individuals who have been burned out of their homes or diagnosed with illness

Our History

McGowan Commercial Company was founded in 1883 by Col. J.A. McGowan in Wildhorse Plains as a general store. From humble beginnings in a tent, to our newly remodeled store now, we have evolved into the anchor of downtown Plains. But through it all we haven’t forgotten the values that have been held important for over a century: quality, honesty, integrity and trust.

We continue to serve the community we live in by providing quality grocery, meats and produce to you and your family. Our team is dedicated to making your shopping experience an enjoyable part of your day by treating you and your family with sincerity, dealing with you respectfully, and leaving you with a feeling of warm, small-town hospitality.


Our cashiers are friendly and cheerful and if they don’t know your name today, they will after just a few visits with us. There is always someone in the store to assist you with your special needs in our meat department, order that hard to find grocery item, or to help you choose just the right type of produce for whatever you may be serving at home.

We are proud to offer carry out service to those guests who require it and know that you will find our crew working hard to attend to your shopping needs.


McGowan Grocery


It is important at McGowan Grocery that we continue to serve the needs of our valued guests and stay up to date with efficient systems, new items, and competitive ads. We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and offer competitive compensation and benefits to our full time team members.


If you’d like to make sure a team member gets special recognition for their efforts, or you find your experience to be less than desirable, we encourage you to contact us with your feedback so that you can help us make McGowan Grocery an even better place to shop.

Thanks for shopping your locally owned and operated, home-town grocery store. We appreciate your business and hope to be able to serve you for many more years to come.

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