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Simplot’s big new Boise building is ready for workers to move in

Construction started on the new J.R. Simplot Co. headquarters in April 2015. This photo was taken from the corner of Front and 9th streets.
Construction started on the new J.R. Simplot Co. headquarters in April 2015. This photo was taken from the corner of Front and 9th streets. zkyle@idahostatesman.com

Starting Nov. 21, J.R. Simplot Co. will begin moving 650 employees to its new Downtown headquarters between Front, Myrtle, 9th and 11th streets.

Employees will migrate there in six waves, ending Jan. 23, Simplot spokesman Josh Jordan said. The new building shares a campus with the multi-use Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, built by the J.R. Simplot Family Foundation and completed about a year ago.

About 300 employees will move from Simplot’s headquarters of more than 40 years, One Capital Center, located two blocks north on Main Street.

About 350 employees will move from several other Boise locations. For example, Simplot now houses its 200 Food Group employees off South Federal way in east Boise. Those employees and information-technology workers will move to the headquarters, uniting all Boise employees except those in the company’s Plant Sciences division.

The nine-story, 265,000-square-foot headquarters has a gray facade designed to look like crop fields. The site also has a 70,000-square-foot annex containing labs to develop and test products.

News of the move-in date was first reported by the Idaho Business Review.

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