Kalispell’s newest food establishment, Urban Bricks, held its grand-opening February 16. The restaurant, located at 635 Treeline Road, served free pizza. Urban Bricks is a new franchise business.
Nelson’s Ace Hardware in Whitefish is moving from its Central Avenue location to a new location on U.S. 93 S. Nelson’s has been serving the community for 70 years. The new location is 14,500 square feet and will offer twice the retail space as the current location. The new store was built by Saurey Custom Builders.
Helena’s new City Manager, Ana Cortez, is from El Salvador. Being a mountain person she is very excited about being picked from over 100 applicants for the Helena job.
Bozeman’s Gateway shopping center is expecting several new buildings. There is a new building near Kohl’s which will house Advanced Electronic Designs Inc. Also planned are a 30,000 square foot building and a 5 story mixed-use building which could house stores and high end apartments.
Dependent on federal government labeling laws, business for brewers in Montana is dead in the water waiting for government to resume business. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has stopped taking applications for new beer labels, and before local breweries can sell beer nationally they are required to have a federally approved label. Most impacted are those who are opening new breweries or initiating a new line. It’s an example of the risk...
Western Building Center’s truss and wall plant recently opened in Columbia Falls. The new 24,000-square-foot facility was needed as demand for housing and commercial framing continued to grow. The new facility is the home for the wall and floor trussing operation. Roof trusses are made in a nearby building. The company started out in the truss business several years ago and has steadily grown since then. The Columbia Falls facility employs 23 workers and 12 office staff.