The public market concept slated for the Boise Spectrum has a name and scheduled opening date.
Boise Spectrum owners DD Dunlap Companies have struggled to fill vacancies at the center since purchasing it from Hawkins Companies. When it first opened, the Edwards Cinemas-anchored village space featured Jamba Juice, Moxie Java, Pronto Pups, Yen Ching, Game World, Goodie's and even a pair of live radio stations.
In years since, the retail environment has declined and all the above tenants have moved out or closed. Some have been replaced, and others spaces have sat vacant for years.
A remodel in 2015 hasn't filled all the empty spaces, so the ownership group will push together four empty stores to create the new 7,200 square foot public market.
Chow Public Market + Eatery is now slated to open in May, 2018.
Plans indicate the new project will include a bar, market, food court and retail space. The remodel will cost about $650,000.
"It’s different than a local farmer market or chain franchise," owner Nicholas Jones wrote in a blog. "The Chow Public Market and Eatery is focused on connecting people and providing a place where people can come relax, drink and eat. You can even do a little shopping for high quality local goods while you’re there."
The concept could have company - from the former owner of the Spectrum complex no less. Hawkins Co. is shopping a covered market in an area with built in foot traffic along 8th St. in its newly acquired Capital Terrace building.