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Another retailer will pull up stakes at the Boise Outlet Mall – leaving just four outlet stores in a once-full shopping center.

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Gymboree Outlet is in the midst of a liquidation sale. The chain is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and may close as many as 900 stores across the nation.

The full-line Gymboree store at Boise Towne Square closed in 2017.

The mall will be left with just four retailers: Eddie Bauer Outlet, Pendleton Outlet, VF Outlet and Hanes-Bali-Playtex. A pair of non-retail fitness businesses also operate in the center.

The mall opened in 1994 on a 22-acre site. A massive 1,100 space parking area is ringed by five retail buildings housing 162,000 square feet of space. It once hosted stores like Reebok, Van Heusen, Dressbarn, Carter’s, Famous Footwear, Wilson’s Leather, Kitchen Collection, Henry & David, McDonald’s and others.

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The center was for sale for $3.5 million in 2015 according to an Idaho Statesman story at the time. First Premier Properties of Salem, OR lists the center on its property roster.

Original project developer S-Sixteen sold the center in 2001. At the time, it saw an occupancy rate of nearly 70%. It is now part of a new urban renewal area under the aegis of the Capital City Development Corporation. The so-called Gateway East district is largely focused on industrial buildout rather than commercial development.

Idaho Ice World is also located adjacent to the site and is owned by the City of Boise. It is separate from the outlet mall.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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