Meridian/W Ada

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

That rumored Trader Joe’s on Eagle Rd.? Here’s the status

Could this be the future home of Trader Joe's?

Could this be the future home of Trader Joe's?

Super cheap supermarket Trader Joe’s currently has just one location to service all lovers of Cookie Butter in the Treasure Valley (and all of Idaho for that matter)   in Downtown Boise. 

But could another store be on the way? 

Maybe.  

A second location has been mentioned as a possibility for the Bridges at Lakemoor development on Eagle Rd. near the new TSheets headquarters in Eagle.

(Editor’s note: Behind “When will we get IKEA?” and “We really need In-N-Out,” this is the most common question I get).

Trader Joe’s spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniel told BoiseDev "I have no confirmation of a new Trader Joe¹s location being considered for Meridian, Idaho." She noted to check back for plans in 2019 and beyond.

TJ's generally works to keep its new stores tightly under wraps until it is ready to announce it. In 2012, when Boise Weekly reported on the new TJ’s store in Downtown, company officials denied it. The store opened about a year later.

A pad site in the general shape and rough size of a Trader Joe’s is plotted on the corner of Eagle Rd. and Colchester St., according to sales documents from Hawkins Co., which owns the development. The pad site is still marked as available. Hawkins is also the development partner for TJ's Downtown Boise store.

Announced tenants for the Lakemoor development include F45, Luxe Reel Theater and Barre 3.

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Albertons plans (another) new store for Meridian

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Albertsons has purchased a 16-acre piece of land on Eagle Rd. at Amity Rd. in Meridian for a future store.

Communications and community relations manager Kathy Holland said the store is currently in the design phase and won't be open in 2018 but "a bit further out."  The store will fall under the company's traditional Albertsons branding, unlike a new Market Street Idaho store planned for Eagle and Fairview Ave about four miles away.

Developer The Land Group applied in 2016 to annex the site and additional 24 acres into the City of Meridian. That additional land would be used for single-family homes.

The new store will join a flurry of Albertsons projects in the Boise area, including a new store in Star, new stores on Broadway and Fairview Ave. and other projects below:

New local subdivision pays tribute to Game of Thrones

The fictional world of Game of Thrones is filled with intrigue, fantastical characters, and fire-breathing dragons.  It's unlikely any of those things will show up in Kuna - but a new subdivision will carry a bit of the GoT mythology.

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The future Silver Trail subdivision in the area of Ten Mile Rd. and Columbia Rd. is planned to have a pair of streets that pay homage to the popular HBO show.

Residents will soon have the option of purchasing a home on Baratheon Ave. or Rickon St.

Baratheon is the family name of the first king depicted in the series, Robert - and his family lineage (or assumed family lineage at least) is littered with folks who meet with ill fates.

Rickon refers to the son of protagonist Eddard Stark on the show and the book series it is based on, A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin.

The street names were the idea of Jennell Hall of B&A Engineers, Inc. 

The plat map shows Baratheon and Rickon in the forthcoming Silver Trail subdivision

The plat map shows Baratheon and Rickon in the forthcoming Silver Trail subdivision

"On that subdivision my supervisor just let me go wild, so I did," she said. "He now usually gives me a theme to follow... but I'll still sneak in a geeky one here or there."

Other streets in the subdivision are slated to sneak in references to the 2000s show Firefly - and more GoT-themed streets could be in the future as the subdivision is plotted out.

Silver Trail will feature homes constructed by CBH Homes.

The GoT-themed roads got their names after the Ada County Street Names Committee rejected earlier ideas, This Ave. and That St. (Abbott & Costello would have been proud). 

The full plat plan for the subdivision shows names like Sansa, Arya, Greyjoy and Tyrion in future phases.  Streets with names Stark, Tarth and Samwell were all denied for various reasons (mostly due to rhyming with other names in the county - Stark and Clark for instance).

If you happen to see any wild hogs in the area, you might want to steer clear. Or guys named Ramsay. 

Amazon plans to open physical bookstore in Meridian

The Village at MeridIan is set to get another high-profile tenant: Amazon Books.  

An Amazon Books store in Seattle. Photo via Amazon.  

An Amazon Books store in Seattle. Photo via Amazon.  

The mega-corporation’s physical bookstore is in the permitting phase for a location next to Anthropologie, the former home of Paperie + Pen (which moved elsewhere in the center).

A spokesperson for Village at Meridian said they don’t have any announcements to make at this time. A spokesperson for Amazon did not respond to a request for comment

According to plans for the outlet obtained by BoiseDev, the new store will feature books, electronic devices,  and a variety of general merchandise. The 4,172 square foot space will also offer several reading areas, a magazine rack and a spot for kids. Taller bookshelves would ring the space with general merchandise in the middle. A magazine area is also planned. 

While the layout sounds pretty standard, the Amazon Books concept differs from a traditional bookstore in a few key ways. The stores are stocked according to Amazon’s vast data capabilities according to the Washington Post. Books are stocked based upon local preferences and reader habits.

Amazon Books interior. Via Amazon.  

Amazon Books interior. Via Amazon.  

All book covers face forward instead of some with just spines visible. At a recently-opened store in Washington, DC, the store features no prices. Instead, tags by each book show reviews and star ratings. Customers are encouraged to use the Amazon app or handheld scanners to find out what an item costs.

The Village at Meridian store would be one of Amazon’s first wave of stores. Thirteen are currently open with five more announced. 

The Boise metro area is by far the smallest location among open or formally announced Amazon Books locations - joining stores in areas like NYC, LA, Silicon Valley, Seattle and the like. A store in Meridian could give Amazon the ability to test a smaller market just a stone’s throw (and quick flight) from its headquarters in Seattle.

Amazon has been rapidly increasing its physical retail presence since opening the first Amazon Books location in Seattle in 2015. It recently opened a cashierless convenience store to the public after extensive testing in the Seattle area, and purchased Whole Foods and its 470+ stores last year. 

New Albertsons stores on Broadway & in Meridian won't be called Albertsons

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When the Albertsons market closes on Broadway Ave. this year, it will be replaced by a much larger store.  But in Joe Albertson's hometown, the store won't carry his name.

The store will carry the new Market Street Idaho brand - as will a forthcoming location in Meridian in the former Shopko on Fairview near Eagle Rd.

Market Street Idaho was created by a team of passionate, innovative food lovers with the goal of igniting Idaho’s passion for great food and elevated experiences,” said Susan Morris, EVP and Chief Operations Officer of Albertsons Companies said in a prepared statement. “Boise’s deep roots in great local food stem from our farming and ranching industry to our refugee and Basque communities. We think the time is right to bring new culinary experiences many hunger for but haven’t gotten yet locally through our Market Street Idaho stores.”

The Broadway Market Street Idaho store will employ about 200 people according to the company, while the Meridian store will give jobs to 300 folks.  The Broadway store is expected to open this summer while the Meridian store has a late-year timeline.    The existing Broadway Albertsons is now slated to close in April, leaving a gap of a few months without a store in the neighborhood.

Here's how Albertsons describes the stores:

Promising exclusive culinary delights and unique dishes, the Treasure Valley’s two Market Street Idaho stores will encourage customers to hone their inner chef through in-store culinary events and classes as well as time savers like catering services, an in-store restaurant style food court and other gourmet creations fit for the most discerning customers.

“In our Market Street Idaho store, our dedicated chocolatier might partner with one of our scratch bakers to create an art deco cake for an exclusive event, or our Head of Catering might work with our sommelier and masters in our fresh team to craft an exclusive wine pairing experience with fresh fruits and cheeses. We’re elevating the idea of what a grocery store can be here,” said John Colgrove, president of the company’s Intermountain division.

The Market Street name and concept are also used for a chain of stores the company acquired in Texas in 2013.

Renderings for the Broadway store show a second-floor Talon Taphouse, as well as in in-store Starbucks.

Albertsons to build store in fast-growing Star

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A real estate flyer for an adjacent parcel shows the new store site

A real estate flyer for an adjacent parcel shows the new store site

Another new Albertsons store is set to open in Ada County - this time in the community of Star.

The company purchased an 11.6 acre chunk of land on State St. near Can-Ada Rd., and is set to build a new store.

"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to both serve and support the Star community," Communications and Community Relations Manager Kathy Holland said. "Currently, we are working on plans for this new store location, however do not yet have a timeline in place."

Although Star is the smallest city in Ada County, it saw the fastest growth rate of any city over 5,000 residents in Idaho, according to Census data crunched by HomeSnacks. From 2010-2016, Star added 40% more people - not including the outlying areas.

The grocer has remodeled nearly every store it owns in Idaho, and has expanded with the purchase of Paul's Markets and planned construction of new stores in Boise's Barber Valley and Meridian. It also is building a new store at Broadway and Beacon that will replace a small aging store on the corner.

Not so Fast: Eddy's gas station to rise again (again)

Steve and Tracie Eddy have been building gas stations around the Treasure Valley since 1990.

And they've been selling them off to the Jacksons chain for more than 10 years.

The first round of a dozen or so stores underwent transformations to Jacksons in 2004.  The Eddys started building again in 2007 and built out three large sites with convenience stores, car washes and large fuel canopies.

Last year - the couple signed the three latest properties over to John Jackson once again.

Now, Fast Eddy's will rise again. For the third time  

A new store is planned for Eagle Rd. near Centerpoint St. - not too far from the Ustick Rd. intersection.  Signs on the site instruct drivers they should "get ready to be amazed," and replace older, faded signs that promised a Fast Eddy's car wash and lube facility.

Records with the City of Meridian show a 7,600 square foot car wash and 3,380 square foot quick lube, as well as a 1,393 square foot pay station building - spread across about five acres.

On Facebook, the Fast Eddy's folks noted excitement for the new store.

"We will be building the new prototype Fast Eddys at the Eagle Road location that will out do all prior locations put together."

The couple also owns a chunk of land at Ten Mile Rd. and McMillan Rd. - plans for that site have not yet been announced.

Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn teased for Village at Meridian, other retailers confirmed

Artist's rendering of Village at Meridian expansion

Artist's rendering of Village at Meridian expansion

The Village at Meridian may have the first new stores for its planned expansion.

Village owner Centercal has posted an updated leasing flyer which shows Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn taking space on the first floor of a to-be-built building near H&M to the west of the current village core.

Screenshot of Village at Meridian Leasing plan showing future expansion

Screenshot of Village at Meridian Leasing plan showing future expansion

Pottery Barn would take up 13,153 square feet and Williams-Sonoma would occupy 13,147 square feet according to the leasing plan. The Pottery Barn would be about 30% larger than the current Boise store while Williams-Sonoma would be nearly three times as large.

Village officials won't confirm the plan posted their website, however.

"The Village at Meridian currently has no formal agreements for the expansion of the center. There has been discussions around expanding to the west and building out the area toward Eagle Road, but there are no updates or changes at this point," Village general manager Hugh Crawford said in a prepared statement in response to a question by BoiseDev.

Officials for Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn (which share the same corporate owner) did not respond to comment - including questions about the future of current locations at Boise Towne Square.

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If built, Williams Sonoma would compete with nearby Sur La Table and Pottery Barn would go head-to-head to Z Gallerie.

Other retailers confirmed

Crawford did confirm some other additions to the existing Village footprint.

"Announced retail tenants for first quarter include Panache Aveda Day Spa, Comme les Filles and American Eagle along with several new office tenants who are currently under construction," he said.

Panache will open its fourth local location - adding to two spas in Boise and one in Eagle. Comme les Filles is a Ketchum-based retailer of women's clothing and accessories. American Eagle Outfitters is a teen-focused retailer of fashions which currently has a store in Boise Towne Square.

Hospital shuffle: Soon-to-close hospital to be replaced with psych facility

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Once a long-term care facility on Bonito Way in Meridian closes, it will be revamped into a new 72-bed psychiatric care facility owned by Haven Behavioral Healthcare of Nashville, TN.

Earlier this week, BoiseDev reported Vibra Hospital in Meridian would move to Boise and replace the Southwestern Idaho Advanced Care facility on Franklin Rd. 

Lender MedEquities says Haven will pay $7.7 million to purchase the current hospital and spend $11.3 million to remodel and upgrade the facility for use as a psych hospital. The news release does not specifically list the soon-to-be vacated Vibra facility, but two sources confirmed the plans to BoiseDev.com.

MedEquities said the new hospital will be aligned with Sage Healthcare - a large psychiatric physician group in the area. 

This will be Haven's seventh for-profit psych hospital, joining buildings in Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The consolidation of the Vibra Meridian hospital and Boise Southwest Idaho Advanced Care facility will result in more than 130 job cuts, according to filings with the State of Idaho.

Hallmark returns to Treasure Valley

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It used to be an... ahem... hallmark... of shopping centers large and small: a Hallmark store.

But the Treasure Valley has been without a Hallmark since the 2016 closure of all remaining Jordan's Hallmark locations - including Milwaukee, Apple St. and Eagle Rd.

A new-to-the-Treasure Valley franchisee took over the former location on Eagle Rd. in November - bringing the cards and gifts retailer back into the Valley.

Winnie's Hallmark is now open in the Meridian Crossroads Center on Eagle Rd. near Fairview, open each day from 10am-8pm.

This story came from the BoiseDev Facebook group - thanks all!

Now you See’s it: candy shop opens up temporary shop

See’s Candies will open up a temporary candy shop in the Village at Meridian between White House Black Market and Grimaldi’s Pizza. 

See’s also has a location in Boise Towne Square that is open year around.  

The store at The Village is planned just for the candy season — err... holidays. 

Photo via Village at Meridian

Photo via Village at Meridian

Rosauser's to close Meridan store

Rosauser's in Meridian. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Rosauser's in Meridian. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Rosauser's Supermarket plans to close its only Treasure Valley outlet, BoiseDev has confirmed.

An employee at the store says some departments will close in the next few weeks - particularly those which sell perishable items. The mainline portion of the store could be open as late as December 2, depending on liquidation sale progress.

The store opened in 2012 - and was the only local outpost for the Spokane-based grocer. It was located along the busy Eagle Rd. corridor but struggled to gain traction with just a single location as opposed to multi-location chains like locally-owned Albertsons and Winco, as well as Walmart, Fred Meyer and others.  When the grocer entered the market, it intended to open additional stores.

 About 70 employees are affected, according to a news release. Perscriptions will be automatically transferred to Albertsons. A new Albertsons will soon open nearby at Eagle and Fairview in a former Shopko space.

 

New coffee kid on the Blok

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A new coffee shop sprouted up in Meridian on Locust Grove near Fairview Ave.

Blok & Co. has opened near Fred Meyer with locally-brewed coffee and a selection of pastries.

Here's how owners describe the joint:

"(An) unpretentious, welcome-to-everyone, peaceful, hope-filled, fun-loving community. A place for groundbreaking conversation and culture-shaping ideas. "

Blok features local coffee from Form & Function - which you might recognize if you shop the smaller downtown market (the parking lot one).

Roaring Springs dreams of future: indoor water park?

An indoor water park at Roaring Springs?

It's one of the ideas the water park's owners are considering, and they're asking for feedback on that and several other ideas.

Roaring Springs has steadily expanded over the past 20 years, with new slides, attractions, a purchase of the adjacent Boondocks Fun Center (later renamed Wahooz), indoor adventure park, bowling alley and more.

Now the attraction complex is looking for another big expansion, and is asking patrons for their opinion.

A survey asks a variety of questions centered around several expansion themes. From the survey:

Roaring Springs Waterpark is considering:

  1. Developing an indoor waterpark featuring rides and attractions open year-round with an attached hotel,
  2. Developing a standalone hotel and/or
  3. Expanding the event/party/meeting space at Wahooz.

As part of our research, Roaring Springs Waterpark is contacting local residents and previous visitors to Roaring Springs and Wahooz to gauge interest in these projects.

The water park and amusement center's owners, Bowden Inc., own several parcels of vacant land immediately to the east of Roaring Springs, as well as in the Southwest corner near Wahooz.

Village at Meridian shuffles tenants: new stores coming

Popular shopping destination Village at Meridian is adding tenants and moving a few around.

Two stories first reported by BoiseDev.com are confirmed by center management:

Also:

  • Mac Cosmetics will open in a space across from Charming Charlie

Moving:

  • Paperie & Pen will move to a spot next to SB Salon
  • Robert Comstock will go into the old Paperie & Pen location
  • Walla Walla Clothing Co. will slide over next to Victoria's Secret

Exclusive: Albertsons to launch new shopping feature in Boise

Albertsons first re-launched online shopping in the Treasure Valley last summer. Now the locally-based grocer is adding another convenience-focused feature.

Customers will soon be able to order groceries online and pick up at a store along the well-traveled Eagle Rd. coridoor. 

"For the initial rollout, customers will go online at shop.albertsons.com and select from a full assortment of grocery items. They will have the option to choose Delivery to home or Drive Up & Go store pick-up," Albertsons' Senior Director of Communications & Public Affairs Dennis McCoy said in an email. 

The service will start at the location on Eagle Rd. near McMillan Rd. starting in August. Customers will pull up to the store, parking a designated spot and call a number on the sign. An employee will then bring the order out to the customer's vehicle.

"We plan on expanding this service to other stores and banners in the future," McCoy said.

BoiseDev first reported on the project in April.

Screenshot of Drive Up & Go landing page from Safeway

Screenshot of Drive Up & Go landing page from Safeway

It shares a name and service type with Safeway's Drive Up & Go. In the wake of Albertsons' merger with Safeway, the two companies have looked for ways to spread ideas across banners.

The concept is similar to Fred Meyer's Clicklist.

Albertsons is one of a number of traditional grocers trying to compete amidst a changing landscape - with Amazon's recent purchase of Whole Foods (which Albertsons also bid for, according to sources within the company) and other factors roiling the traditional grocery business.

This is the latest in a spate of upgrades to Albertsons stores in the Treasure Valley:

Fox(tail) news: Restaurants planned near Chinden, Linder

The intersection of Chinden and Linder is booming.

A new retail strip is planned on the north side of Chinden near Linder and would include four chain restaurants.

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Blaze Pizza, Costa Vida, Great Harvest and Roxberry are all coming soon to the plot of land near the Foxtail residential development.

All four have other outlets in the Treasure Valley.  Roxberry might be the least familiar - it is a Utah-based smoothie chain with an existing outlet in Nampa.