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While two big box retailers will leave the Village at Meridian in coming weeks, the shopping center will add one back.

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You might have noticed construction activity in the former Toys ‘R’ Us/Babies ‘R’ Us space in recent weeks. Construction crews swooped in to cut the large combined Toys/Babies store in two. One one side, Sierra will open a new store in an 18,591 square foot space at 2050 N. Eagle Rd. in Meridian.

Sierra, popularly known by its former name Sierra Trading Post, offers outdoor recreation equipment, clothing, shoes, and home decor. The store currently operates a location in a free-standing building behind Home Depot on Meridian Rd., adjacent to Interstate 84. It opened in 2006 and is one of 46 locations around the country.

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In 2012, TJ Companies purchased Sierra Trading Post, and added it to its line of discount stores, including TJ Maxx and Marshalls. The new Sierra store will sit directly next to the Marshalls store at the Village at Meridian.

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Sierra will fill a portion of the center’s largest current vacancy, empty since Toys ‘R’ Us filed bankruptcy and closed its retail locations in 2008. The Village will soon have two new big-boxes empty, with Gordman’s and Pier 1 both set to close amidst liquidation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gordman’s store, at more than 50,000 square feet, is the largest single retail tenant at the power center, with only entertainment venues Big Al’s and the Village Cinema taking up more space.

After Sierra opens and Gordman’s and Pier 1 close, Village at Meridian owner Centercal will have about 91,000 square feet of big-box space to lease.

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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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