The owner of Downtown Boise’s The Mode building has listed the space currently occupied by The North Face for lease.

The store opened in November, 2008 to much fanfare, after an extensive remodel of that portion of the historic building.  

Now, the space is for lease.

But a The North Face spokesperson says they’re staying put.

“I’ve received confirmation from our retail team that we will not be leaving our current Boise location,” Michaela Hardy, The North Face public relations coordinator said.

UPDATE: After this initial story ran, generating significant attention, a store spokesperson clarified.

“The North Face store at 802 W. Idaho St. in Boise currently is, and is planning to remain open,” the spokesperson said, declining to be named. “You may have noticed the ‘For Lease’ sign in the window. While the store is not closing, we are doing a store redesign and evolving the space to be closer to our default store layout, which is a single-floor design.”

Earlier this week, listing agent Mark Schlag with Thornton Oliver Keller said the listing is current and valid. 

“The existing tenant is likely renewing for a short amount of time but we will be keeping the listing active,” he said.

The flier notes the space is available starting September 18th. 

Large chain retail in Downtown Boise has struggled in recent years. Macy’s, Levi’s, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Chico’s, Jos. A. Bank, lululemon and others have closed stores in the Downtown core. A few major national retailers remain, including West Elm, LOFT, White House-Black Market and Office Depot and The North Face.

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