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Staples will close up to 225 stores in North America by the end of next year as it seeks to trim about $500 million in costs annually by 2015.
An office building is under construction on the key corner of Boise's newest urban renewal district.
One unanswered question is whether the Boise corporate office will grow or shrink. As of last summer, 73 of the 110 corporate employees serving Albertsons' Intermountain division were based in Boise.
F. Edward Osborne, a longtime Boise resident, served in the Idaho House and Senate after retiring from Ore-Ida Foods.
Stocks were wavering between small gains and losses early Friday after the government reported a pickup in hiring last month as well as a slight increase in the unemployment rate as more people started looking for work.
U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year.
The euro has struck its highest level against the dollar for nearly two and a half years in the wake of the European Central Bank's decision not to cut interest rates further.
In a surprising move after Russia flexed its military might in the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine's new leadership has reached out to oligarchs for help — appointing them as governors in eastern regions where loyalties to Moscow are strong.