Here's a look at some of the changes happening in Great Falls, including new businesses, construction in progress, recent closures, and other tidbits.
Eli's Soup & Subs has opened at 1701 3rd Street NW. The building was home to The Feedlot for many years, but it closed several weeks ago. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thelma Taggart and her husband recently opened Mi Cocina at 215 9th Street North. They own the tamale truck that would park on the west side of town on the corner of 6th Street SW and 10th Avenue South, and are also known as Electric City Concessions. For now, the tamale shop will be open only on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., but they plan to add another day (or two) in the coming months. For more information, call 868- 4597.
Ulta Beauty is now open at 207 Northwest Bypass. The store hosted a "soft" opening several days ago, and will host a grand opening on October 27-29. Click here for more information.
Lakota Pawn, located at 800 3rd Avenue South, will be closing at the end of October. In a Facebook post, they wrote: "We would like to thank our many many loyal customers who have supported us thru out our 22 years of business. Sadly we have made the decision to close our doors. Thru out the month of October we will be liquidating everything, slashing prices and letting things go for as little as possible. We will be here Mon -Fri 10- 6, & Sat 10- 3 so we can liquidate inventory."
Check A Child, the drop-in child care facility, has closed. It was located at 1225 10th Avenue South. The owner said that the closure was due to several issues, notably changing economics and culture, and thanked all of the families that have trusted Check A Child during its more than 30 years in business.
Panda Express plans to open a restaurant in the East End Retail Center near the new Walmart store along 10th Avenue South near 57th Street. The opening date has not yet been determined. Click here for more details.
Batteries + Bulbs has moved to a new location. It was formerly located near Cafe Rio and Great Clips in the mall parking lot. It has now re-opened at its new location at 2312 10th Avenue South, in the space formerly occupied by the Heidelberg 2 bar. The new store is bigger than the current one, and also features a drive-in bay where customers can have new batteries installed in their vehicles.
A new AutoZone store is planned for the west side of Great Falls. The new store will be located at the site formerly occupied by Rogers Jewelers. City planning documents state: "The existing structure will be demolished and the existing parking area will be regraded and resurfaced." Rogers Jewelers announced late last year that it will be closing after 42 years in business; it's located at 1205 3rd Street NW. AutoZone currently has a store at 3300 10th Avenue South.
A new Best Wok sign replaced the New Peking sign at 1525 3rd Street NW several months ago; the New Peking closed nearly a year ago. The opening date has not yet been announced; a visit to the 10th Avenue South location recently yielded only a "very soon" response.
Petcetera, located at 1525 10th Avenue South, will be closing by the end of October. The owner says that competition from "big box" stores - including the new Walmart and PetSmart that recently opened - has made it too difficult to keep the doors open.
The Salvation Army announced recently that its retail thrift store on 10th Avenue South will soon close permanently. Click here for details.
Enbar plans to open soon in downtown Great Falls. The owner describes it as a "craft cocktail lounge." It will be located at 4 Fifth Street South. adjacent to the Cory Block Bakery. They plan to open in November.
Construction continues at the West Bank Landing, located just north of the Staybridge Suites and federal court building. It will include six new buildings that developers say will offer a mix of retail, restaurant, office, and residential uses. Click here for more information.
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