Salad store reopens with new name, Greens & More

2014-07-27T06:00:00Z 2014-07-27T09:34:04Z Salad store reopens with new name, Greens & MoreBy ERIK OLSON eolson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Greens & More is the same salad store, but under a different, more flexible brand at West Park Promenade, its new owner said last week.

“We figured, why reinvent the wheel? We were able to recreate the salads, but we changed the names,” Greens & More owner Phil Sones said.

Sones and his wife, Sherri, bought the former Salad Creations store at 1595 Grand Ave. suite 520 and renamed it July 1.

The couple moved to Billings three years ago from Arizona and were interested in running a business but unsure where to start. They learned the Salad Creations was for sale and were impressed with the food.

Florida-based Salad Creations has 22 locations nationwide, mostly on the East Coast. The shops sell salads, paninis, wraps, rice bowls, soups and chili.

However, the franchise fees were also steep, according to Sones, so the couple began exploring a different way to buy the shop from franchisee Greg Pekovich.

That meant changing the names of the store and menu items, but it allows the Soneses more freedom to advertise themselves and make their own brand in the community, they said.

A second Salad Creations on King Ave West, also owned by Pekovich, closed in February. Now there are no Salad Creations stores in Montana, and the closest one is in Wisconsin.

Greens & More has 10 employees, with a mix of part- and full-time. It’s a good location at West Park Promenade for a health-food shop, near Oz Gym and Lucky’s Market, Sones said.

“I can’t think of a better place that type of restaurant could be located,” he said.

In addition to owning the shop and handling the books, Sherri Sones works at St. Vincent as an occupational therapist.

Greens & More is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Out and about

— Near the corner of South 24th St. West and Lewis Avenue on the West End, a sign states that a new business, Lil’s Massage Therapy, is opening soon.

— The rush of contractors into Billings to repair damaged roofs is continuing. In June, 93 general and roofing contractors filed for new business licenses in the city of Billings, according to the most recent data available.

That’s a 60 percent jump from May, when 58 new contractors came to town.

A May 18 hail storm damaged thousands of homes in the area.

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