West Ada

This new bulk grocery store is opening in Northeast Meridian. (No, it’s not Costco.)

Waiting on the new Costco in Northwest Meridian? A new warehouse-style grocery store is expected to go up in Northeast Meridian later this year, according to building permits filed with the city.

Smart Foodservice, formerly Cash&Carry, is set to build the store in the Treasure Valley Business Center at 2250 E. Jewel Lane, near the intersection of East Fairview Avenue and North Eagle Road. The 20,000 square-foot store is estimated to cost $2.5 million.

This will be the third Smart Foodservice in the Treasure Valley. Its Nampa store is at 2710 Sundance Road, and its Boise store is at 1700 W. Shoreline Drive. The stores cater to restaurateurs, with bulk foods and restaurant-size packages, but anyone can shop there.

It’s unclear when construction will be finished. Ryan Weedon, director of marketing for Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores, did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

Several grocery chains have submitted plans to open in Meridian in the last year:

Costco will open at the southwest corner of Chinden Boulevard and Ten Mile Road, despite some residents’ efforts to block the store from going up.

WinCo is also slated to go up at Linder Road and Chinden Boulevard.

This month, Trader Joe’s told the Statesman that it is planning to open a Meridian location.

A new Albertsons with a wine bar and wood-burning oven opened March 8 in an old Shopko store space at Fairview and Eagle roads.

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Kate reports on West Ada and Canyon County for the Idaho Statesman. She previously wrote for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Providence Business News. She has been published in The Atlantic and BuzzFeed News. Kate graduated from Brown University with a degree in urban studies.