Dunkley Music store owner Mark Dunkley said the store will close its longtime Downtown location at the intersection of Capitol Boulevard and West Broad Street and move to Meridian. The new location will be at 3410 N. Eagle Road near the East Ustick Road intersection.
The store was first opened in Boise by Dunkley's father, William K. Dunkley, in 1950 and has been at its Capitol Boulevard location since 1961. Dunkley, who has owned the store since 1982, said he had "mixed emotions" about the move.
"It will be a little hard not to come down this way," he said. "There are some thing I'll miss about Downtown, and there's a few things I won't miss."
The store sells and rents instruments and offers music classes. The new space will have a larger recital hall and added classroom space.
The current store will close Aug. 1, and the new location will open Aug. 10. Dunkley sold the Capitol Boulevard store to development company Pennbridge Capital, which plans to build a 10-story hotel on the site. Dunkley said he bought the Eagle Road building for an undisclosed price. The current tenant there, Pristine Pools and Spas, will move into a smaller part of the building, he said.
At about 20,000 square feet, Dunkley said the new store will be about 1,000 square feet larger than the old store. The main reason for the move was increasing from 35 parking spaces to about 90, which will ease demand during evening recitals.
The family owns Dunkley Music stores in Nampa and Twin Falls.