Roosevelt Market
The Roosevelt Market after nightfall earlier this week. It's unclear if the lights inside will stay on after the current owners close on December 15th. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

It’s been the rumor across the East End and throughout Boise all week: The venerable Roosevelt Market on Elm Ave. in Boise is closing.

Today, owners Susan Wilder and Nicolee Monroe confirmed the last day would be December 15th in a Facebook post.

“This is a decision not lightly made. We want to thank all of our families, friends and neighbors for all there support over these past 14 1/2 years,” Wilder wrote.

Wilder told BoiseDev she could not comment beyond the Facebook post.

Last year, Jill Simplot and her mother Pam Lemley purchased the property through an LLC according to records from the Ada County Asssesor.  The pair were part of an extensive write-up in the Idaho Statesman at the time.  

“I just love the Roosevelt,” Simplot told the paper. “It’s such a part of the community, I would hate to see it change.”

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The Statesman reported at the time that Simplot and Lemley did not plan any changes and said they would be “fairly hands off.”

Wilder would not confirm what caused the change over the year since the Statesman story.  Repeated efforts by BoiseDev to contact Simplot and Lemley were unsuccessful or not returned this week.

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It’s unclear what’s next for the property – though Wilder wrote on Facebook “We wish the best for whoever takes over the business.”

The Roosevelt Market is a community hub for many, selling a variety of groceries and prepared foods. It first opened in 1900 according to the sign over the door. It is one of the last of a breed of community markets with long histories in Boise.

“This bothers me almost as much as when I lost my home in the neighborhood,” Marc Patrick Brown wrote on the Facebook post – one of dozens of comments. “The market is one of my last ties to connect with friends in the area. This is beyond frustrating.”

“We have laughed, cried, celebrated and mourned with all of you,” Wilder wrote. “You are our family!”


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