Boise Airport offers honor system for coffee & bagels

Coffee meets bagel meets... put your cash in the box?

If you've hopped a flight at the Boise Airport recently, you might have noticed the self-serve coffee and bagel carts.  Grab some joe and a roll and drop your cash in a box and off you go.

It turns out the kiosks are a way to help cut down lines in the morning.

"The Boise Airport and Delaware North worked together to offer a coffee and bagel honor system in the Boise Airport," Boise Airport Marketing Manager Sean Briggs said. "The station is set up during peak times during morning travel as a way to alleviate pressure on the line, and create a grab and go option for travelers who want drip coffee and a plain bagel."

You might wonder if folks would be tempted to swipe free product - but Briggs said that hasn't been a problem.

"This is something that has been in place for nearly two years and has worked well. The airport and Delaware North has not experienced issues with theft."

There are two grab-and-go stations - one near Einstein Bros. Bagels and another by River City Coffee & Cafe.

Header photo: Kara Jackson/BoiseDev.com

 

Meridian Lanes upgrades building, bowling experience

With increased competition around the central part of the Treasure Valley, bowling stalwart Meridian Lanes shut down for more than a week to upgrade.

The ten-day closure is allowing crews to put in a new scoring system - replacing the old program first installed in 1995.

The new SYNC system from vendor Brunswick uses touchpad screens to tie into social media, and adds features like Angry Birds Bowling and photo uploading 

“Everything was designed to make the customer experience that much better.” new Meridian Lanes owner Andy Propst said.  “If you’re hungry and want some nachos, you used to have to leave the bowling area to go to the snack bar. Now you just press a button and we’ll come to you.”

Crews also gave the building a fresh coat of paint, updated flooring and renovated snackbar.

The alley opens back up August 1st.

The 32-lane alley has been open for more than 59 years. It has faced stepped up competition in recent years from 42 lanes at Big Al’s at the Village at Meridian and 24 lanes at Pinz  

Header photo: Courtesy Meridian Lanes

Albertsons/Rite Aid merger faces challenge ahead of key vote

A week from Friday, shareholders of Rite Aid Corp. will decide if the independent pharmacy retailer can merge with Boise-based Albertsons Companies.

If 50% say yes - the deal is likely to happen. If it can't reach that threshold, the next steps for the two companies are unclear.

  • Advisors say no: Two big shareholder advisory firms said a no vote was appropriate. Institutional Shareholder Services & Glass Lewis gave the tie-up a thumbs down. 
    • ISS report: “It does not appear that Rite Aid shareholders would receive a fair ownership interest in the combined company, a concern heightened by potential conflicts of interest during the negotiation process and apparently reflected in the company’s underperformance since announcement."
    • Glass Lewis: “We fail to see that the proposed combination represents a particularly attractive outcome for unaffiliated Rite Aid shareholders, each of whom has, in our view, been offered very little reason to conclude that management has secured full value under extant market conditions or that the Company would not benefit from continued implementation of its stand-alone operating strategy until a counterparty is prepared to deliver a clear and attractive value for control of Rite Aid,” 
    • A Rite Aid spokesperson disagreed, telling Reuters the deal “will significantly improve Rite Aid’s growth prospects, financial strength and ability to deliver compelling long-term value for shareholders."
  • Other shareholders against: Highfields Capital Management came out earlier this month and said it would vote its 4.4% stake against the deal. "The proposed transaction is in the best interests of Albertsons and Rite Aid management, but not Rite Aid shareholders," Highfields said.
  • It's about scale: The two companies have mounted a detailed campaign to gin up support for the deal - with an extensive website and letters to Rite Aid shareholders ahead of the vote. 
    • Albertsons COO Jim Donald on CNBC: "Scale is big here. Scale is what we can use as we continue to [serve] customers online and  brick and mortar."
  • Amazon looms: With the pending merger of Albertsons and Rite Aid on the table, Amazon announced it would acquire small prescription-by-mail company PillPack - one of a number of moves the web giant has taken in the drug space.
  • E-commerce perks up:  Albertsons said on a recent earnings call that sales from e-commerce more than doubled from the previous period - up 108%. The company has been working to drive initiatives - including home delivery, "Drive Up and Go," meal delivery service Plated and a partnership with Instacart.

Scandinavian Designs plans furniture store in old OfficeMax

The former OfficeMax building on Broadway Ave. near Linden St. is about to get new life.

Scandinavian Designs currently has a small preview store open in the building - but is working to remodel the rest of the building for a full furniture store in the 31,000 square foot space. Crews will update both the inside and outside of the building, according to filings with the City of Boise.

OfficeMax closed the store after its merger with Office Depot, and pointed customers to a store on Broad St. in Downtown Boise.

Scandinavian Designs is part of a chain with locations across the Western United States. It features a broad range of furniture and home decor with a Scandinavian influence. The company also operates the Dania Furniture stores found in Oregon and Washington.

The Boise preview center is open Wednesday through Sunday - and the full store is set to open this fall.

Catch up quick: Deal for Boise stadium is off. What's next?

BoiseDev has been tracking big changes to a proposal for a Boise stadium all week. Here's a quick read on what's happening:

  • Greenstone Properties, which owns the Boise Hawks was going to buy land at Americana & Shoreline from St. Luke's. Now that's not happening. BoiseDev broke word that the parcels would be instead sold to Agri Beef and an investment group.
  • The company says it now wants to build the ballpark on the other side of the Connector - in Boise's west downtown region.  
  • The possible site is at Whitewater Park Blvd. and Main St. on the southeast corner. This is NOT the CWI campus location where Mayor Bieter had suggested the stadium could go earlier this year (it's the opposite corner).
    • LocalConstruct, which owns that ground, has not made a deal to sell it to Greenstone just yet.
    • Hawkins Co., which was developing the commercial portion for the site, pulled out late last year.
    • There are other potential sites in the west end, which currently has several large tracts of undeveloped land.
  • The vocal Concerned Boise Taxpayers group says it's glad the Americana & Shoreline spot has been dropped, but still has concerns on how another site - particularly around how it would be paid for. "If they are planning on using the same financing process without a due process and a vote from the taxpayers, then we still have the same concerns," CBT's Bill Ilett said.
  • A new CCDC urban renewal district that would include the former Americana & Shoreline stadium site is still on track. CCDC Executive Director John Brunelle says the existing 30th Street district could be helpful for a stadium, but "CCDC would need to amend the 30th Street URD Master Plan if such a proposal materializes for that district."

Bottom line: There is no deal in place to build a downtown Boise baseball park, and no site is finalized.  Stay tuned...

St. Luke's Shoreline campus sold - but not to the stadium developer

UPDATE: News release from Greenstone Properties below

According to deeds recorded with Ada County this morning, two parcels that were to be sold by St. Luke's Health System to Greenstone Properties for a new stadium project have been sold to other parties.

 

The property along the Boise River at 1471 W. Shoreline Drive that was at one point earmarked for condos and commercial space has been instead been sold to RDT Real Estate, which is controlled by Agri Beef president Robert N. Rebholtz, Jr. according to filings with the Idaho Secretary of State.  A representative for Agri Beef said Rebholtz was out of town and unavailable to comment.

Agri Beef's headquarters sites along Americana Blvd., next to the newly-acquired chunk of land.

Earlier this week, Agri Beef filed plans with the City of Boise to demolish the former The Pantry restaurant to build a parking lot on the site. Rebholtz's RDT Properties acquired this parcel after The Pantry closed in 2016.

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Boise Sports Park won't happen at Americana and Shoreline, could rise elsewhere

The second, larger property at 1500 W. Shoreline, which is currently home to a variety of functions for St. Luke's Health System was sold to another group - Ameri Shore, LLC according to those deed records. Ameri Shore is controlled by Spokane attorney John D. Munding.  Munding was also unavailable for comment this morning.

Greenstone Properties, LLC president Chris Schoen confirmed today that the stadium project is "headed to another site," but would not elaborate further - citing a news release set for later today

As BoiseDev first reported yesterday, Greenstone is considering a site currently owned by LocalConstruct LLC at Fairview Ave. and Whitewater Park Blvd.

Greenstone News Release

(BOISE) — Greenstone Properties announced today that it has chosen a different location to
build its proposed Boise Sports Park.

Greenstone had been under contract with St. Luke’s Health System to purchase property near
the intersection of Shoreline Drive and Americana Boulevard since March of 2017 as a potential
site for the proposed Boise Sports Park. In recent months, however, Greenstone has also
considered Downtown Boise’s West End neighborhood as a possible location for the sports park
and has recently decided to put its full focus on that area for the project.

“There are more advantages for the sports park in the West End area, including better access
and visibility, with fewer residential buildings and more commercial space in close proximity,”
said Greenstone principal Chris Schoen.

The exact parcels that could ultimately be included in the proposed project have not yet been
finalized, but Schoen commented that “once the location is determined, we look forward to
working with the city and the neighborhood on next steps.”

As a result of this site change, Greenstone also announced today that it has assigned the
purchase contract for the St. Luke’s owned and managed Shoreline/Americana properties to
two other buyers.

The property located at 1471 W. Shoreline has been sold to RDT Real Estate LLC, which owns
property adjacent to this location. The remaining property was acquired by Ameri Shore LLC, an
investor group.

“The Boise Sports Park has engaged and excited many of our residents,” said Boise Mayor David
Bieter. “We’ve long believed that a venue like this would be a great new downtown amenity for
all Boiseans. This is a new opportunity for a part of our downtown that has great potential and
we look forward to seeing the concepts Mr. Schoen and his partners bring forward in the
coming weeks and months.”

Knitting Factory to expand Boise concert house

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The Knitting Factory is set to make a series of improvements that will allow it bump up the number of concert attendees it allows inside.

The venue, located in the 8th Street Marketplace in Downtown Boise, has had a maximum capacity of 999 for years - since it opened as the Big Easy in the late 1990s.  

Now, an additional restroom and changes to emergency exits will allow another 196 people in the building between the first and second floors. The existing 15,157 square foot space will not be expanded, but reconfigured to get the occupancy count up - key for a venue that runs on ticket sales. 

The project will cost about $35,000.

 

Boise Sports Park won't happen at Americana and Shoreline, could rise elsewhere

A proposal by Greenstone Properties for a Downtown Boise stadium and multi-use development will not happen at a site at Americana and Shoreline, according to city councilor and CCDC board member Scot Ludwig.

Ludwig said the project could move to another site nearby.

So why the site change?

"I assume changing sites is a result of Greenstone listening to Boiseans' valid concerns about the Americana site," Ludwig said.

For its part, St. Luke's Health System, which owns the Americana and Shoreline site says it is still working with Greenstone, according to a spokesperson.

Whitewater Park Blvd. on deck?

 

Several sources who declined to be named on the record tell BoiseDev that new site could be land currently owned by LocalConstruct on the southeast corner of Whitewater Park Blvd. and Main St. This parcel of land isn't to be confused with a site earmarked for a future College of Western Idaho site on the northwest corner - which Boise's mayor had at one point suggested could be a better stadium spot.

"I'm afraid that any commentary on anything having to do with (the ballpark) would have to come from Chris Schoen's team," LocalConstruct president Mike Brown said. "I can just tell you that in everything we do we believe that what's good for Boise is good for us, so we try to be helpful, be good citizens and team players, and set a good example."

LocalConstruct traded the Spaulding Ranch in west Boise with the City in 2017 for the 6.3 acre parcel at Whitewater Park & Main. The plan was to construct a mixed-use development with residential and commercial.

Hawkins Companies principal Gary Hawkins said his company had been involved with the planned commercial part of the Whitewater Park & Main project, but ultimately decided to end participation late last year.

Ludwig did not confirm the west downtown concept - but said more should come out soon.

"I understand an announcement on this location is expected soon," Ludwig said. "Despite the slow process, getting the site right for this incredible amenity for Boise has always been Chris Schoen's goal."

A series of emails and calls this week to Schoen have gone unanswered. 

Project 'still a go'

Monday, Boise Hawks president Jeff Eiseman said the overall project was "still a go."

"When we are ready to make announcements we will," he said. "The project always evolves but still on the path." 

Eiseman did not respond to further questions around specifics.

Ludwig said a plan for funding the stadium at a new location isn't in place, but "the City, CCDC and/or GBAD will no doubt partner in some fashion to provide a good fiscal plan to be determined."

Bill Ilett with Concerned Boise Taxpayers says a potential change in venue for the ballpark helps allay some, but not all, of his group's concerns.

"I think we have always said 'wrong location and bad project,'" he said. "Well, they have solved the wrong location by moving it out of the Americana area. (But) if they are planning on using the same financing process without a due process and a vote from the taxpayers, then we still have the same concerns."

The City of Boise says, for now, it’s up to the developers to figure out the next steps  

 "We are aware of the conversations that have been happening among property owners that could involve a relocation of the sports park to a location in the west end," City of Boise spokesperson Mike Journee said. "It's their deal to be made."

Boise's Clearwater Analytics to expand, adds new CEO

Boise's booming Clearwater Analytics has announced a new chief executive officer, as filings show it will expand its Downtown Boise headquarters.

Sandeep Sahai is on a quick rise with the company. He joined the board of directors in September 2016 and was bumped up to executive chairman in March before taking the CEO role this week. His previous CEO experience includes Headstrong - a former company in the financial services space which is now part of Genpact

Sandeep Sahai. Courtesy Clearwater Analytics

Sandeep Sahai. Courtesy Clearwater Analytics

He replaces co-founder David Boren in the job, who will remain on the board of directors.

“Mr. Sahai has distinguished himself throughout his 30-year career as an executive with a proven track record of building and leading outstanding global teams,” said Eric Lee, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Clearwater said in a prepared statement. “Under his guidance, we are excited to see Clearwater continue to thrive and grow as an industry leader in product innovation and client success.”

The company plans to build out an additional 26,218 square foot space in its building on the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise. The space had been unoccupied since Clearwater moved into the building in 2016 and had been designated for future growth. 

Once complete, the fifth floor will "support business on floors 6-9" in the building. New team rooms, conference rooms, offices and training rooms are part of the buildout.

Clearwater Analytics offers web-based investment accounting reporting software solutions. David Boren, Michael Boren and Doug Baltes founded the company in 2004. It now employs more than 650 people.

Header photo: Don Day/BoiseDev.com

Owyhee events center gets new owner

The event spaces at the Owyhee building are up and running again - with new management and a new name: Agape Event Center at the Historic Owyhee

Bettina Debenham is owner and wedding planner for the venue. She founded Agape Ceremonies and Events in Eagle in 2014, with the addition of the Owyhee space this past March.

She says she's excited about the opportunity.

"We are in a prime location in downtown Boise," Debenham said. "The venue is newly remodeled and beautiful. Thus, being both practical and beautiful we expect this space being filled very frequently with for all of the above events listed above and more."

The Owyhee has three ballroom spaces that can be operated separately, or as one large room.

"We are open for all types of events and venue needs. This includes, but is not limited to, business meetings, lectures, weddings, receptions, dinner parties, holiday parties, tea parties, whatever parties."

Debenham says they offer a full-service environment for clients - including wedding and event planners.

As part of the initial revamp of the Owyhee in 2013, the capacity for the event spaces was expanded from a capacity of 220 to 350 people.

Header photo courtesy  Agape Event Center at the Historic Owyhee

 

New downtown mural to be one of Idaho's largest

With the new Fowler apartment project done in downtown Boise, it left a dark, mostly-bare wall on its backside, facing busy Myrtle St.

Now that large brown wall is being turned into a canvass for one of the largest murals in Idaho history.

Lewis studies his plan and the building surface he is rendering it on. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Lewis studies his plan and the building surface he is rendering it on. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

David Carmack Lewis is at work on a huge installation that will be more than four stories tall and roughly 103 feet across - with brilliant blues, yellows and pinks mixing in with the building’s existing deep chocolate color.

Developer LocalConstruct first worked with Lewis on the art project at its Watercolor project in west downtown. It hired the Portland native back for another project.

The final project will be a dramatic addition to the Central Addition portion of Downtown Boise.

He says he was inspired by the historic Fowler house which once stood on the site and gave the building its name.

“I was just scrubbing down a few ideas,” Lewis said during a break Monday. Very early on the developer said ‘we’d like to have some connection to the neighborhood’.”

LocalConstruct’s director of construction Patrick Boel had an idea.

“He forwarded me a couple pictures of the neighborhood. I just loved the old pictures - I love the old houses.”

"We think... Lewis did a great job with the mural at the Watercooler so we were eager to work with him again on the Fowler," Boel said. "We are excited to once again contribute to the City's arts and culture."

Rendering of the final mural.  Image courtesy David Carmack Lewis

Rendering of the final mural. Image courtesy David Carmack Lewis

The silhouette of the house and Boise foothills will be framed by what Lewis calls a "dramatic western sky."

"The majority of the mural is skyline that will help soften the building's mass when viewed from Myrtle," Boel said.

Lewis started work on Saturday and already has made dramatic progress.  He says as time goes on the work will take longer as he works on detailed areas - but expects the full mural to be done by early September.

He hopes his work will be an enduring part of Downtown Boise for decades to come.

“Nothing lasts forever, especially anything outdoors.  I would think that the mural won’t look old until the building does too.”

Boel said the project will cost LocalConstruct $60,000.

Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev.com

Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev.com

After fire, International Market space to get new use

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The space that formerly housed the International Market on Franklin Rd. near Curtis Rd. is set to be rebuilt - but it won't be a market any longer.

The fire was intentionally set in September of 2015 - and the market never reopened, though some vendors have set up shop elsewhere.

Now, the building will be restored and reopen as a branch of the Christian Faith Center Assembly of God, which currently has locations in Caldwell, Nampa and Oroville, California.

The new church will be about 11,500 square feet and will not include any significant exterior changes. The outside of the building had previously been restored and a new fire sprinkler system installed. 

The project will first have to go through Boise’s Design Review process before construction begins. 

New co-working space planned for Downtown Boise

A new co-working and office space company is set to open its doors in Boise soon.

Office Evolution has applied to build out a space in the One Capital Center building on Main St. - perhaps better known as the CenturyLink building.

David and Anabel Lopez purchased a franchise for the nationwide Office Evolution brand, and have applied to remodel the first floor space into a 5,700 square foot shared working space. The $250,000 permit will remodel a long-vacant bank branch into shared workspace for about 60 folks. 

Office Evolution will offer private offices, shared work spaces, conference rooms with typical office amenities like wi-fi, copiers, a staffed reception desk and the like.

Pricing nationally starts at $349 per month for a dedicated desk, up to $600 or more for a private office.

The concept will compete with Regus - which operates a similar concept in the Banner Bank building and the Trailhead and Trailhead North along 8th Street, among others.

Header photo: OfficeEvolution.com screenshot

First look: Albertsons puts focus on food, fresh and local with new store

In 1939, Joe Albertson opened a 10,000 square foot grocery store in Boise at 16th St. and State St. with about 30 employees and $12,000 in his own cash and investment. The store was packed with then-novel features, like a magazine rack, fresh flowers and an ice cream bar.  

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Now, nearly 80 years later, the retailer is opening its latest store - a grocery showplace Albertson likely wouldn't be able to fathom all those decades ago. It is nearly seven times as large as that first store, and employs 260 people and cost more than $7.2 million to build.

The store at 1219 S. Broadway Ave. replaces a smaller market torn down on the same block earlier this year - and is the last Idaho store the chain owns to be remodeled or replaced in the last few years.

"Joe was an innovator," Albertsons Division President John Colgrove, who worked with the company founder said. "Things like bringing a magazine rack, the household goods… it was all innovative in his time. I think if Joe saw this store today, he’d say two words: 'well done.'"

The store echoes some of those themes from eight decades ago - and in fact, will open on the 79th anniversary of the first store opening - this Saturday at 10am.

Unlike a normal store

The location is striking in the variety of items that are not typically found in an Albertsons - or most grocers for that matter.

During a tour Thursday morning for BoiseDev - dozens of employees were working on final touches ahead of this weekend's opening events.

Wall of rosé. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Wall of rosé. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

The beer and wine selection are among the largest in Idaho, according to Colgrove - including one whole rack features just rosé wines. A case of rare wines is also featured, with price points up over $700.

This location is similar in shape and position to a nearby Whole Foods at Broadway and Myrtle, but Colgrove said his store stands apart.

"Of course we will have the full assortment of natural and organic offerings. We also a full line of mainstream national items as well as countless local items. We’ve canvassed the entire community. There's literally hundreds and hundreds of items that are only in this store."

Local focus

Local products include Teton Valley Beands chips and Bucksnort soda. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Local products include Teton Valley Beands chips and Bucksnort soda. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Albertsons Broadway features more local products than the average store in the chain - and Colgrove says his team worked to source items that aren't usually available at retail from across Idaho.

“They went down to the Saturday morning market and met a lot of the individuals down there that were selling their items. We asked a lot of them if they were interested in coming into the stores."

Local items include Bucksnort Root Beer, MFT sauces, Teton Valley Brands Idaho Real Potato Chips and others.

Eating options: in-store, on-the-go, cook at home

Workers prep the upcoming wood-fired pizza station. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Workers prep the upcoming wood-fired pizza station. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Albertsons Broadway features a large array of options for food. It will be the first Idaho store to feature Plated meal kits, which Albertsons acquired last year.  The kits allow shoppers to grab a meal kit with nearly all the ingredients they need to cook at home.  

The store also has a selection of meals ready to heat and eat at home.

But a unique focus is the number of options for people who want to chow down on site.  An upstairs seating area with TVs, a full liquor bar and outdoor patio will give shoppers more of a restaurant experience - complete with table service.  

If a proposal for a baseball park to be built by Boise State comes to fruition, it will be viewable from the deck.

That bar - called Broadway on the Rocks - is designed for the neighborhood to grab a bite and stay a while.

"It's clean and modern, a beautiful space to hang out," Albertsons Communications and Community Relations Manager Kathy Holland said. "We are hoping this will invite people to have a drink with friends, or have dinner or grab a bite and have coffee right here in the store. It really is a gathering space in the community."

Concierge

The new concierge area awaits final touches. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

The new concierge area awaits final touches. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

A newly-hired concierge will provide a way for customers to have one contact and tie together all the various options in the store for parties and gatherings.

"We schedule a consultation with them and figure out every aspect of their party," concierge manager Jordan Saenz said. "From catering, floral, bakery, beer and wine. We figure out every department that can be of assistance to them.”

Saenz says the service will first be marketed to local businesses for meetings and functions.

"For catered lunches, box lunches, salads - community members not wanting to cook for a backyard BQ, party or a wedding. Eventually, we will do a lot of weddings and wedding receptions.”

Why now?

A typical store aisle with the fish market and butcher block in the background.

A typical store aisle with the fish market and butcher block in the background.

The company chose this site for a showcase store for a variety of reasons, according to Colgrove.

“The store (that was here) has been here since 1959," he said. "Although it served the community for several years, the footprint was too small to keep up with the expanded categories and expanded offerings consumers have come to expect.

He said the investment in naming rights to nearby Albertsons Stadium and the partnership with Boise State also played a part.

"Its location next to Boise State and Albertsons stadium - we felt this was the right place for it."

For a time, the company had planned to call the location Market Street Idaho - but changed course before opening.

"It really came down to hearing a lot of stories from the customers of the old store here," Holland said. "They had shopped here for 60 years and remembered meeting Joe. We really wanted to keep that spirit alive so we decided to rebound this store as Albertsons but make it more distinct to this neighborhood."

Colgrove and Holland said the store will likely draw from all over Boise, but they expect most customers to make most of their visits to the location nearest them - with Broadway and the forthcoming Market Street Idaho location in Meridian serving as destination stores for many.  

Albertsons Division President John Colgrove points to some of the in-store food options during a tour of the Broadway Albertsons Thursday in Boise. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Albertsons Division President John Colgrove points to some of the in-store food options during a tour of the Broadway Albertsons Thursday in Boise. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Organic a big component

Living Well section and pharmacy. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Living Well section and pharmacy. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Organic produce and products have been a big consumer trend in recent years, and Albertsons Companies has rolled out an extensive O Organics brand to match.  The new Broadway location will feature an "organic department to rival any store in the state," according to Colgrove. He highlights not just food products, but an extensive health and beauty section rooted in organic products and principles.

"In our Living Well area, we really focused on organic and clean products," Holland said.

More

During the Thursday tour, Holland and Colgrove were excited to tout dozens of features they highlighted as unique. A sampling:

  • Poke bowls made in store.
  • A made-to-order brick oven pizza station. Customers will be able to pick their toppings and be served a hot pizza in about seven minutes.
  • A scratch-made bakery featuring warming cases and large donut selection.  In many stores, Colgove said, the bakery products are par-baked - with prep done offsite, and a final heating in the store. 
  • A carving station that will allow meats like chicken, beef and cold cuts to be custom sliced.
  • An extensive cheese section, including products made in the building.
  • An in-house chocolatier team, with an extensive selection of handmade chocolates.
  • A gelato bar with fresh-served and scooped ice cream.
  • A selection of handheld mochie ice creams.
  • Global flavors aisle with spices and products from different culinary styles including Basque, Hispanic, Italian and more. 
  • Butcher block, featuring the ability to cook some items like salmon in-store while customers wait.
  • Unique meat selection, including wild boar, elk, buffalo and goat.
  • In-store dietician who can help customers with dietary needs. The service is available standalone and to those referred by a doctor.
  • A Boise State Broncos fan shop, with apparel items.
  • Home decor items and housewares.

Opening events

Albertsons Broadway opens to the public Friday, July 20th for a soft opening.

A grand opening celebration is set for Saturday, with prizes, food, happy hour pricing and more all day from 10am-9pm.

Regular store hours will be 7am-11pm - but during Boise State games and other functions, the bar area could stay open late.

Colgrove is excited to open to the public.

"I’m overwhelmed and excited about our fresh foods offerings - in particular our service deli that is innovative, clean ingredients with something for all," he said. "Joe's philosophy of innovation continues."

West Boise coffee shop hopes to cheat death

Deathproof Coffee is now open in a portion of the former Kmart on Fairview Ave. near Five Mile Rd. in Boise.

The shop offers the usual fare of drip coffee, lattes, tea and cold brew - but wraps it all in a black and red pop art vibe with a retro feel and lots of skulls and crossbones.  For Friday the 13th, the owners offered a 13% off sale.

Hours are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-2pm Sunday.

Update: Classic Boise burger joint set to reopen

First, news broke of its death.

Then the obituary was written.

Now, like a character in a soap opera, Burger Time looks to be back from the dead.

The drive-through restaurant on Orchard St. in Boise shut down in January - but is already teasing its rebirth.

And like a good soap actor risen from the dead, the restaurant will come back with a bit of a facelift. Crews have been repaving the old, scarred parking lot.

In a comment on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Burger Time says it is waiting for kitchen equipment to be installed, which should happen “next week or the week after. Once it is installed, we are ready to go!”

A source tells BoiseDev the business is under new ownership  

As they say in the soaps... stay tuned!

Header photo: Burger Time Facebook screenshot

Two bodegas set for Downtown Boise

A small new grocery store is planned for the new Kount building under construction at 10th and Main in Downtown Boise.

Bodega Boise is described as a small neighborhood market, and will take up about 1,500 square feet of space on the ground floor of the building, and is slated to open by November. It will be located on Main St. near The Olympic hotel building. A new garage door opening will be added to the front of the building, and a small outdoor seating area will be set up.

Interior progress at JD's Bodega.  Via .

Interior progress at JD's Bodega. Via.

As first reported on BoiseDev last year, it will join JD's Bodega, which is currently under construction about four blocks away on Capitol Blvd. across from Boise City Hall.

That market will be slightly larger at nearly 2,000 square feet, and include seating and a small prep kitchen. That space is nearing full buildout, according to photos posted on Instagram.

 

Edmark returns: Former GM dealer takes stake in nearby car lot

The former Tom Scott Toyota has been rebranded as Edmark Toyota - with new signage and a revamped Facebook page. The dealer was purchased last year as first reported on BoiseDev. 

PREVIOUS STORY - JUNE 7, 2017: In October of 20167, Dave Edmark sold his stake in the dealership that bears his name.  Now, he owns at least part of another car lot that sports the name of someone else.

Kendall Auto purchased Edmark Superstore and Edmark Kia from Edmark Auto Inc. in October, and early this year announced the change and rebranded the dealership as Kendall at the Idaho Center Automall - acquiring the assets, employees and dealership location.  

According to filings with the Idaho Secretary of State, Edmark Auto Inc. has assumed a stake in Tom Scott Toyota along with owner DH Moss.  DH is the son-in-law of Tom Scott, who founded the Nampa dealership. Scott died in 2009.

The Tom Scott Toyota dealership on Can-Ada is not to be confused with Tom Scott Honda on 11th Ave. N in Nampa. That dealership was also founded by Tom Scott - but is currently owned by stepson Richard Scott and is not part of the deal.

The July, 2018 news of the rebranding was first noticed by the Idaho Statesman.

Idaho Pizza prepares to move Fairview store

Idaho Pizza Company is set to move its location on Fairview Ave. near Cole Rd. to another location a few blocks away.

The local pizza chain has applied to remodel a portion of the former Hastings in the Westgate Shopping Center for a new restaurant.

Idaho Pizza Company plans to take up about 7,300 square feet. A portion of the Hastings store was demolished to accommodate a new CVS pharmacy under construction on the site.

The new restaurant will be about a third larger than the existing location at Fairview and Eldorado St.  That building is currently listed for sale.

This will be the second IPC location to migrate slightly west to a former video store - the Overland location reopened in an old Blockbuster Video building

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Macy's to roll out "At Your Service" in Boise store

Macy's is retooling a portion of its last remaining Treasure Valley store to help ease online sales.

The company has applied to remodel a dressing room space on the lower level of its Boise Towne Square store for a large customer service area it is calling At Your Service.

“The At Your Service center consolidates guest experiences that lend towards fast and specific transactions," Jeremy Judd, VP Store Manager at Macy’s Boise Towne Square said.

Currently, behind plastic sheeting near the store's west entrance, a series of counters can be seen by shoppers.  Filings with the City of Boise show the retailer is adding a stock room and remodeling a total of 1900 square feet.

"The focus for the At Your Service center is servicing our customers by providing a separate line for fast, easy pick-up of their Buy Online, Pick-up in Store (purchases), providing expert associates to assist with the return and a quick location for payments on their Macy’s cards as well as Macy’s account inquiries," Judd said.

He noted that other registers will remain open, but this service center will allow "for the other purchasing counters and associates to focus on service and selling for our shoppers that would like more time and attention."