Boise gets Whole Foods hub for rural Idaho water product

Whole Foods Market, the national grocer which focuses on organic and specialty items, is branching out in the Gem State.

In 2013, the company bought Starkey Water - including rights to the Starkey Hot Springs in Adams County west of McCall.  Starkey is based in Council, about a two-hour drive from Boise.

Last month, the company filed a permit for a facility south of the Boise Airport on Gowen Road.  The reason for the Boise facility? Council isn't exactly a dense urban hub.

"There is a dearth of warehouses in Council, ID near our bottling facility," Jeff Teter with Whole Foods' Allegro Coffee division told BoiseDev. "We rent space from a local third party warehouse provider in Boise,  Air Van (AV)."

The warehouse doesn't have any Whole Foods employees on site - but helps the company distribute the Idaho mountain product to stores around the country.

"We store raw materials, empty glass and finished goods related to our Starkey Spring water business there and stage shipments to our Whole Foods distribution centers around the U.S.," he said. "AV has a related trucking company that shuttles our goods between Boise and Council. "