Demolition continues 910 Grand

Demolition continues at the former JB’s Restaurant at 910 Grand Ave., in Billings on Friday morning. A new Starbucks is planned for the site.

BOB ZELLAR/Gazette Staff

Demolition work was set to conclude Friday on the former JB’s Restaurant, 910 Grand Ave.

A 3,011 square foot Starbucks and another undisclosed business will take its place.

Karl Andersen, site superintendent for ESI Construction of Billings, which is handling the demolition, said cleanup was scheduled for completion Saturday.

Dave Green, a Billings city planner, said the project had to undergo special review by the city’s zoning commission and the city council because the Starbucks’ drive-up business has a residential neighborhood beyond the alley behind the store.

Starbucks will put up a fence between the store and the neighbors to the south, Green said.

Landscaping is planned down Ninth Street West and in front of Grand Avenue, he said.

“They’re proposing trees and shrubs, a fairly good mix,” he said. “It’ll be interesting diversity.”

A call to Wadsworth Acquisitions LLC, a real estate development company in Draper, Utah, developing the project for Starbucks, was not immediately returned.

Last year, Ed Waldvogel, the project manager for Wadsworth Acquisitions LLC, told the Gazette the Starbucks store is on track to be open by fall with the adjacent retail — about 2,000 square feet — to follow.

Starbucks operates more than 20,000 retail stores in 64 countries.

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