With more retail stores closing, two entertainment businesses head to Boise mall


The tenant mix at Boise Towne Square continues to evolve.

Four stores recently closed up shop – or are about to.

  • Clarks Shoes closed its store on the mall’s lower level near JCPenney. It stood open for just a few years.
  • The Art of Shaving shut down its location next to the Apple store earlier this summer.
  • Dadu Bridal, which operates a large space near Macy’s is in the process of closing.
  • Chess Cafe, which just opened this spring, already closed up shop.

But the mall will add two more previously unreported businesses to the mix.

PlayJoy x Ellis Amusement opened an arcade in a 2,259 square foot space on the upper level not too far from the food court. It brings an arcade back to the mall after the closure of Tilt more than a decade ago.

The mall will also add an escape room concept in coming months. These are popping up all over the area. The basic concept: you and a group of friends get ‘locked’ in a room, and must use clues and logic to get out.

The latest, Escape the Room will open between Macy’s and Lane Bryant on the ground floor. The company calls itself the “premier live game and entertainment company” in the US – and hosts locations in a variety of mostly large cities.

By our count, the mall currently has roughly 22 vacant spaces – including the large Sears anchor building. As currently configured, the mall can host about 130 tenants in its main building.

Last month, BoiseDev reported Sbarro would open a pizza shop in the mall’s food court.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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