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New life in MacLife

The MacLife store at the corner of 8th St and Myrtle St. closed in 2017, and remained vacant over the past two years.

Now, the former computer and peripherals store will soon have a new tenant. But it won’t be a new retail shop or restaurant.

Seed Boise LLC purchased the condo that contained the store, and applied with the City of Boise to convert it from retail to office space for “Exceed Investment Firm.”

The buildout is valued at $530,000, according to permit records.

Renewal for… Renewal

AlphaGraphics Boise
The former Renewal store on 8th St. will soon house AlphaGraphics Boise. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Alphagraphics plans to open a reproduction shop in the former Renewal consignment furniture shop about a block away at 8th St. and Fulton St.

Renewal closed in May, leaving the 1920s-era warehouse vacant for the first time since 2000.

AlphaGraphics merged with BizPrint in June of this year.

The current BizPrint location would give way to a new 8-story residential tower planned on its current site at 6th St. and Front St. in Boise.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor
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 don@boisedev.com.

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