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Old Shopko warehouse snapped up by solar company

As Shopko slinked out of the Boise market, closing its stores one-by-one, it also closed a large distribution center south of I-84.

The shutdown cost 111 jobs and just wrapped up. But the building already has a new tenant.

Solitco of Boise leased all 347,000 square feet of space in the building on Gowen Rd. The startup company registered last month according to the Idaho Secretary of State. The new Solitco building will serve as a fabrication facility, according to a description posted on the company’s website. Thornton Oliver Keller facilitated the transaction.

Crews built the distribution center for Shopko in 1992, and remodeled in 2000, according to Ada County Assesor property records.

Company founder David Brueggemann is a solar and renewable energy engineer. He is also listed of CEO of Solar Cascade, a provider and installer of solar panels for homes and businesses.

“We are a company made up of people passionate about solar—not only for the benefits solar offers today, but for the possibilities of tomorrow,” Brueggemann wrote in a Solitco company description. “Innovation is not just improving on what we know, but distilling the advancements in every corner of the solar panel industry and engineering the commons sense solutions that result in a superior product for a superior price.”

Solitco did not respond to a request for comment.

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