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Jimmy Johns in Bozeman

Jimmy John's at 1500 N. 19th Ave. in Bozeman is pictured here. The fast-casual sandwich shop is owned by Jill and Chris Brown of Bozeman. The couple plans to open a location of the franchise-based restaurant in Butte at 563 S. Arizona St.

Butte can soon add Jimmy John’s to its menu of fast-casual eateries.

Jill Brown, who co-owns two Jimmy John’s locations in Bozeman with husband Chris Brown, said she and her husband hope to open their third location in Butte sometime in March, should everything go according to plan.

The planned location is at 563 S. Arizona St., less than 500 feet away from Butte High School and the former location of Northwest Noodles ‘N’ Wraps, which closed last March after 20 years of operations.

Brown said she and Chris purchased the building in spring 2017 and have been renovating the property ever since.

“I think it’s a great place, right next to the high school,” said Brown.

Boasting over 2600 locations across the United States, Jimmy John’s is a national franchise that specializes in submarine sandwiches and is known for its fast service, Brown said.

Like other Jimmy John’s locations, the Butte store will offer delivery, but the boundary of the delivery area hasn’t been determined yet.

The store will boast about three full-time managers and 20 part-time employees. Interviews for those positions, Brown said, are already underway.

The Browns opened their first Jimmy John’s location at 1500 N. 19th Ave. in Bozeman seven years ago and have been operating their second Bozeman location at 1216 W. Lincoln St. for about four.

When asked why they decided to open their third location in Butte, Brown said her family has an affinity for the Mining City, having traveled through town for her children’s athletic activities and while on their way to hit the slopes at Discovery Ski Area.

Originally from out of state, Brown and her husband moved to the Big Sky State 15 years ago in order to live the Montana lifestyle.

“The skiing, the fly-fishing,” Brown said. “You can’t beat that.”


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