MISSOULA – Developers of Missoula’s newest hotel are ready for business, almost three years since the project was announced.
Guests will be able to stay in the new Residence Inn Missoula beginning on February 28 in downtown Missoula.
It was March 5, 2016, when developer Andy Halloran and HomeBase Partners announced they had reached an agreement to purchase the historic Missoula Mercantile and replace it with a new multi-story hotel and commercial development.
That began a year of community debate and legal challenges, with HomeBase maintaining there was no way to save the long-vacant structure.
That led to its eventual demolition in 2017, but concessions to preserve the old Pharmacy, and employ artifacts and other design features in a tribute to the old landmark.
Halloran told MTN News that the “soft opening” of the new Residence Inn by Marriott is set for February 28 with an invitation-only event, followed by a grand opening in late spring or early summer.
He says the hotel is complete, and guests will be able to stay there on Thursday night.
Halloran says eight of the commercial spaces have been leased, with the lease for the ninth space being completed now.
That means all the tenant openings have been filled, with those restaurants and other businesses expected to be in full operation by June.