The Boise area population is booming. Apartment construction has struggled to catch up after the Great Recession lull. The vacancy rates are desperately low . Everyone, it seems, is looking for a home. Vulnerable renters are hardest hit.
The new Albertsons supermarket at 1219 Broadway in Boise has a bar and more high-end foods than most Albertsons. Taking a cue from Whole Foods Market, the store has two stories, second-floor dining and a big organics section.
Since 1990, Meridian’s population has grown elevenfold to 106,410. Farmers who own their land have profited as farm acreage in Meridian and its surrounding impact zone have been bought for residential and commercial development.
Dave Edmark and his business partner last year sold off Edmark Superstore and Edmark Kia in Nampa to Kendall Auto Group. Edmark quietly bought Tom Scott Toyota in spring 2017 and is now rebranding it as Edmark Toyota.
The Farmstead corn maze site on Interstate 84 was bought by Idaho Central Credit Union. The bank plans to develop the I 84 land. The maze will continue this fall at the location off I-84 and Eagle Road.
Albertsons announced a net loss of $17.7 million after the first quarter of its fiscal year. The Boise-based company, which showed a small profit last year, had a first-quarter loss last year of $204.9 million. Executives are optimistic for the future.
Developer Scott Noriyuki of Northside Management in Boise, Idaho, plans to build 18 townhomes on 1.55 acres on Liberty Street north of Franklin Road. He wants to provide affordable homes that regular workers can afford.
Ada County Highway District uses chipseal to cover asphalt roads, which costs about six times as much to install. ACHD rotates chipsealing over six zones. Rocks or chips kicked up by cars can damage windshields. Insurace sometimes covers.
Cafe Yumm!, a franchise restaurant chain founded in Eugene, Oregon, plans to open its first Idaho location in Eagle. Two more of the restaurants, which specialize in healthy bowls anchored by rice and beans, are planned for the Boise area.
Facing construction and permit delays, Boise specialty shop Reel Foods Fish Market won’t reopen as soon as hoped. After closing in January, a move from Capitol Boulevard to Vista Village is taking longer than planned.
Albertsons will open its new concept store on Friday, July 20, on Broadway Avenue in Boise. It will emphasize fresh products and will included seating for 200 for customers who want to eat meals at the store or sip on beer or wine.
Used homes put up for sale in June in Ada County stayed on the market for the shortest average time the Boise Regional Realtors say they’ve ever seen. The median price for homes sold in both Ada and Canyon counties to set records.
The discounted price at Build-A-Bear Workshop brought parents to the Boise Towne Square Mall, waiting for hours, to create their own toys by ‘building a bear.’ Hundreds waited, and some stores were forced to stop taking shoppers.
ACHD approved a ballot measure to increase registration fees. The increase doesn’t apply to trucks weighing more than 8,000 pounds because of state law. State Rep. John Gannon wants the Idaho Legislature to change the law.