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Who’s headed to planned Meridian shopping center? WinCo? Costco?

Linder Village, a large commercial project in the planning phase in Meridian, could include two big-box stores in the first phase. A detailed plan for the project’s second phase doesn’t exist yet.
Linder Village, a large commercial project in the planning phase in Meridian, could include two big-box stores in the first phase. A detailed plan for the project’s second phase doesn’t exist yet.

So far, WinCo Foods is the only confirmed big-box tenant at Linder Village, an 81-acre commercial project on the southeast corner of Chinden Boulevard and Linder Road in Meridian, city planner Bill Parsons said Thursday.

Published reports over the past year and a half have raised the possibility of a Costco occupying another big-box store in Linder Village. But Parsons said nothing is confirmed yet.

Dave McKinney, one of the developers of the project, declined to comment for this story Thursday. Efforts to contact a Costco representative were unsuccessful. Costco traditionally is tight-lipped about its plans for new stores.

BoiseDev, an online development blog written by former KTVB employee Don Day, first reported the plan to put a WinCo in Linder Village.

Plans for the project anticipate a pedestrian-oriented cluster of buildings on the property’s northwest corner. Those buildings will house small retail shops and screen the mass of parking the WinCo and other big-box store will need.

That design fits standard urban planning ideals, which avoid large parking lots plainly visible from main roads.

A second phase of Linder Village would occupy roughly the eastern one-third of the property. Parsons said the development team has no detailed plans for that phase yet.

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