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Most stores remain closed as Boise Towne Square opens

Boise Towne Square Mall in Boise opened its doors to the public Tuesday for the first time in more than a month. But for now, most stores remained closed.

A steady trickle of customers walked the large indoor mall’s interior but mostly saw closed storefronts. The food court remains closed, as do each of the mall’s main anchors.

Here’s what we saw open Tuesday just after 11am:

  • Buckle
  • Blue & Orange Store
  • Capz
  • Down East Basics
  • Ellis Amusements
  • Go Calendars and Games
  • Jake’s Dry Dock
  • Jamba Juice
  • Morgan Jewelers
  • Merle Norman
  • Pro Image
  • Shoe Show
  • Tradehome Shoes
  • Zumiez

Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn accepted customers inside by appointment.

An employee at the closed Apple Store said they hoped to open next week.

[Analysis: Boise’s mall area a significant local economic engine, tied to big national retailers]

A few businesses appear to have pulled up stakes from the mall during the closure. Mrs. Field’s Cookies removed equipment and its sign – though it remains listed on the mall website. Motherhood Maternity removed all its goods from the store and no longer appears on the mall tenant listing.

New signs promoting social distancing popped up around the mall, and displays featuring face masks sits near the main entrance. Mall officials said they, like most property owners, stepped up cleaning efforts.

“New measures have been implemented to help ensure the health and safety for all who enter the mall, including hand-sanitizing stations, touch-free interactions, frequent and intense cleanings and social distancing directions,” mall officials wrote online. “We are working diligently to provide a safe, clean environment where people feel comfortable shopping, dining and enjoying their time.”

Boise Towne Square’s opening follows that of Village at Meridian which also opened in recent days – and also features just a smattering of open stores.

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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