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Whole Foods plans updates to its Broadway store

The Whole Foods Market store on Broadway Ave. in Boise will soon get a series of updates.

The grocer, owned by Seattle-based Amazon, applied for an $800,000 building permit for its store on the edge of Downtown Boise.

City of Boise records indicate workers will reconfigure some of the store’s refrigerated cases. They will relocate, update and add new cold display cases.

The current coffee and juice bar will move to a new area of the store and add a new canopy. Crews will make changes to the electrical, plumbing, fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems in the building.

The Whole Foods location – the first and still only in Idaho – opened in 2013. Amazon purchased the chain in 2017. Since opening it faced added competition in Boise, including a new Trader Joe’s location and rebuilt Albertsons flagship store nearby.

A December report from the Wall Street Journal indicated Amazon considered adding Whole Foods stores in Idaho. So far, no announcement of additional locations.

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