At the end of 2012, Wilmont was facing the possibility that up to three businesses located along the town's main street would close their doors permanently. Losing one business is bad enough for any small town, but for Wilmont residents, that would mean they would have to travel outside of town to fuel up their vehicles, or to do something as simple as pick up a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk. The new year brought big changes to Wilmont. For a town that has a total area of 1.14 square miles and a population of 339, Wilmont has experienced a growth in local business that would be the envy of any mayor or city manager.
In January, Mike Slater and Lynn Johnson bought the old municipal liquor store and bar and reopened it as Wilmont Saloon #7. In April, two brothers from Rushmore, Jeff and Dustin Larson, became the new faces at the Wilmont Oil Co. Dave and Sunne Wilson's purchase of the former Wilmont Family Recreation Center building became official on May 1, 2013. They reopened Wilson's Family Food and Fun, which has a restaurant, bowling lanes, and a small convenience store all under one roof.
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