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New liquor stores on tap for booming parts of Meridian

The Idaho State Liquor Division is looking for two new sites to locate liquor stores in both north and south Meridian.

Two requests for proposal are up on the state’s purchasing site.

The first seeks a site for a store “south of I-84 between S. Eagle Rd. and S. Linder Rd.” in Meridian. There is currently a liquor store in the area on Meridian Rd. near Overland Rd. – the liquor division routinely shuffles store locations through the public request for proposal process.

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“As a general rule, Idaho State Liquor Division has a desire to be in a productive retail market area, therefore ISLD tries to issue a request for proposal when getting near to the end of any lease term,” Richard Brien with the Liquor Division said. “The ‘south of I-84’ location would potentially be a relocation of an existing store if we were to find a superior location/value.”

The second RFP is looking for a retail space within “one and a half miles from the intersection of Chinden and Linder.” That intersection is booming – with several developments already open and a large-scale WinCo-anchored center on the drawing board.

“The Chinden/Linden area would be for a new additional store which was approved during last year’s legislative session,” Brien said.

Both requests look for a retail space with 3,500 to 4,000 square feet of space for liquor sales – but they have to be at least 300 feet away from a school site, per state law.

The RFPs close at the end of May – and the state hopes to have the new stores open as soon as possible.

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