Taco Bell

A new Taco Bell restaurant opened Nov. 16 at 749 Commerce Way at the corner of King Avenue East.

Billings South Side recently gained one fast-food restaurant but lost another.

The city’s newest Taco Bell opened at 749 Commerce Way at the corner of King Avenue East on Nov. 16.

Then, on Wednesday, the Subway restaurant inside the historic L&L Building at the corner of Minnesota Avenue and South 27th Street closed.

Coonstruction began on the $581,000 Taco Bell building in August. It’s owned by Missoula-based CLC Restaurants, which is hiring about 40 employees to staff the restaurant.

CLC owns four other Taco Bell franchises in Billings and one in Laurel. The Irvine, Calif.-based Taco Bell is owned by Yum! Brands.

Ken Langel, director of development of CLC, said the company is planning a grand opening but a date has not been set.

A sign on the Subway door said the restaurant closed at the end of business Wednesday. Franchise owner Wally Yovetich operates three other Subway restaurants in Billings at 875 Grand Ave., 4905 Southgate Drive and 1020 Central Ave. 

Subway remains among the biggest chains in Billings, with 12 stores citywide.

Russ Plath, who bought the L&L Building this summer, said he doesn’t have a new tenant lined up and is “open to suggestions.”

The 2,500-square-foot space has free parking in the lot behind the building, which also houses Plath’s law office, he said.

Sports center

A new indoor court aimed at hoops fanatics is opening in January on the West End.

Open Court Sports and Event Center will open Jan. 3 at 7342 Eggebrecht Lane, its owner posted on Facebook.

The center is operated by Big Sky Ballin’, a group that launched in 2013.

The center will have memberships, leagues and open gym time for basketball and other indoor sports.

Electronics store 

Replay Renewed Electronic is open at 401 N. 15th St., in Billings.

Owners Kolbi and Brandon Fox sell refurbished electronics, such as TVs, computers, stereo equipment and cellphones, collected through their sister business, Yellowstone E-Waste solutions.

The hours at the retail store are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The phone number is 850-2983.

Tax credits

A Missoula-based nonprofit announced it has received $90 million in tax credits for economic development statewide and is looking to fund more projects.

The Montana and Idaho Community Development Corp., was one of four organizations nationwide to receive the highest award from the U.S. Treasury Department, which administers the tax credits.

The development corporation has received seven such awards since 2008 for a total of $430 million.

The Missoula group works with investors to turn the credits, known as New Market Tax Credits, into cash to finance business startups and expansions in Montana and Idaho.

In Billings, the development corporation helped finance the newly opened Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel that opened this month on North 27th Street next to Albertsons.

The group also recently announced a program to use the tax credits to finance down payments on homes to stimulate buying in Billings.

Since 2009, the Montana and Idaho Development Corp., has provided $322 million in tax credits to help finance 26 projects in the two states.

In this most recent round, the nonprofit was one of 120 groups nationwide that received $7 billion in tax credits. Only half of those who applied received an award.

This year, the nonprofit is seeking to finance projects above $4 million with a gap in financing.

Interested developers may contact Sarah Fitzgerald at 844-728-9234 ext. 251 or sarahf@mtcdc.org for more information.

Tops for docs

Billings is a good place to live for doctors and surgeons, according to a new report from a personal finance website.

GoodCall.com ranked Billings the sixth-best small city nationwide for doctors and surgeons based on average salaries, job postings, housing affordability and entertainment and recreation venues.

The average salary for a Billings physician is $265,130, and the city also ranks high for housing affordability for cities with a population between 100,000 and 299,999.

Ottawa-Peru, Ill., was ranked the top city for physicians, according to GoodCall.com.

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