The work isn't complete, but that won't stop the grand opening of the long-awaited The Village at Meridian from proceeding as scheduled Friday morning.
The shopping and entertainment center parked at Idaho's busiest intersection, Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue, cost an estimated $300 million and is over 1 million square feet covering 80 acres. It features outdoor plazas, a Bellagio-style fountain, and a 15-plex theater.
Here's a rundown of the weekend schedule:
Friday, Oct. 18
6 a.m. Keke Luv
10 a.m. Ribbon-cutting
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kid zone activities
6:30 to 9 p.m. Party Crashers concert
Saturday, Oct. 19
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kid zone activities
Noon to 4 p.m. Super hero and princess meet and greet
2 to 5 p.m. Pilot Error concert
3 to 5 p.m. Kid zone cookie decorating
6:30 to 9 p.m. Imagine concert
Sunday, Oct. 20
Noon to 4 p.m. Kid zone activities
4 to 6 p.m. Soul Patch concert
Although much of the shopping center's dining and retail options aren't done, there's plenty of places to eat this weekend. Click here for the breakdown.
And while many residents will be pleased with the addition of The Village at Meridian to their shopping and entertaining options, perhaps none are happier than the folks at Big Al's, the 65,000-square-foot bowling alley, arcade and sports pub that has been open for the past 14 months.