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One national downtown Boise retailer closes for good, another will soon

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Two national retailers with Downtown Boise locations will transform into other uses soon.

LOFT, which operated a store at 370 S. 8th St. in Bodo closed the store at the beginning of the pandemic, and will not reopen it. Workers removed all good inside the store, leaving just a few furnishings and mannequins left. The store also no longer appears on the LOFT website. The national retailer’s website still lists its Village at Meridian store, though it notes it remains temporarily closed.

Early next year, another large national retailer in Bodo will close. Office Depot on Broad St. will leave after January of 2021. We reached out to the company’s media team earlier this week to see if the store would relocate but did not get a return email.

[First look at new vision for Bodo: major changes on the way inside and out]

The LOFT space, as well as most of the former Urban Outfitters store and the current location of Upcycle, will make way for a new food hall in Downtown Boise, as BoiseDev first reported last year.

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The buildings, owned by Hendricks Commercial Properties, will undergo a thorough makeover. CEO Rob Gerbitz told BoiseDev he hopes to start the permitting process with the City of Boise soon and get started next spring. Gerbitz said that even during the pandemic, interest in the food hall remains strong.

“Quite frankly our demand has kind of increased,” he said. “People have shown really good interest.  They are smaller tenants – local-driven.  We’ve been really really happy and the enthusiasm we’ve been getting for it and i’m happy with what the architects have put together.”

Gerbitz earlier told BoiseDev his company tends to focus on more local and regional tenants. The food hall will include current vendors The STIL and Caffe d’Arte in a new configuration.

Colliers International lists the former Office Depot space for potential new retail space once it comes available.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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