“The Cookie Jar at its peak in the 80s boasted several locations in Great Falls and Billings. The location — on the upper level of the mall next to the GNC store — was most recently occupied by Amy’s Morning Perk.”
I suspect the problem wasn’t the quality or selection of the cookies, nor the staff — it was the location.
Fingers crossed they will re-open somewhere else in Great Falls.
What should be built on the space currently occupied by this decrepit building? Wait, don’t tell me: a mattress store! Or a bank! Or a casino!
Actually, “what should be built there?” is not the right question.
The question is actually: Will the City of Great Falls force the owner to do something about it?
City officials will discuss this week a resolution which states that “…if the owner fails to abate said nuisance as ordered and within the time allowed, the City Staff is directed to take any and all steps necessary to abate the nuisance with all expenses to attach as a lien against the property.”
I agree that the building is pretty much an eyesore – and it has also sparked the imagination of many, many people over the years.
The location – right along the west bank of the Missouri River by the Central Avenue bridge – seems ideal for many ventures — a riverside restaurant, for instance, or perhaps an events center.
And when this news article was posted on KRTV, people weighed in with their answers to the first (but incorrect) question.
Among the suggestions:
Holly Gordon: Turn it into something so that the high schoolers and young adults have some else to do in this town.
Mamie Ann Webster Carter: This would make a beautiful restuarant, overlooking the river, patio for outside dining. Great Falls needs good restaurants with good service.
Desiree Boothe: I would love love love to see it be turned into a reception hall for weddings! I think it could be turned into a beautiful place! Especially since Great Falls has NOTHING like that in town.
Nikki Pearson: I wish there was a way to save this building.. It would make a great spaghetti factory! It’s a neat looking place but needs something done with it.
Zaeda Denae June: My mom always wanted to do kayak and bike rentals, a small arcade, smoothie/coffee bar and like an info center & little family fun area there. A little of everything for everyone.
Corey Hughes: I wish we had a comedy club here, its a nice spot though kinda limited parking if you planned something there. Curious what of will become.
Patty Kelly Morris: I thought maybe an ice/skating rink or a very nice steak house or sushi place
So there’s a sampling of what people think.
As for me: well, sure, it would be cool to have that spot used for something…cool.
But unless someone is willing to give me several million dollars to turn it into the coolest Starbucks / skating rink / art gallery /events center, the decision is up to Ken Holman, the owner of the property.