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Boise’s Broadway Shopko nearly became a tire warehouse

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Nearly two years ago, BoiseDev broke the news that the Shopko location on Broadway Ave. in Boise would close. In the months since, it’s been a big question for folks on the east side of town: what will fill the large empty store?

While Hobby Lobby will take up part of another Shopko store on Fairview in Boise, the Broadway store’s fate remains up in the air. For now, the space is welcoming customers of Spirit Halloween on a temporary basis.

You might have noticed signs for a public hearing on the property. Taskmaster Components applied to take over the large former retail store. The Texas-based company provides tires, wheels, and assemblies for UTVS, RVs, livestock trailers, and more.

The Broadway building would have given Taskmaster a hub to “expand our reach to customers in CA, ID, MT, NV, UT, OR and WA,” according to a presentation filed with the City of Boise.

Taskmaster hoped to use the former retail store for a warehouse operation, with a small retail store in the front – which it thought might welcome 15 customers per day. The proposal would have turned the retail storefront into a largely industrial use.

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But just ahead of a hearing for a conditional use permit, Taskmaster pulled the request from the city, saying they would not move forward and pulled their offer for the Shopko building. Taskmaster CEO Murat Gocay said traffic, easement, and roof issues led them to reassess. The company said it would look for other alternatives.

LeAnn Hume with Cushman & Wakefield said the building remains “technically” still for sale, “although there is a lot of interest as of late.”

The property owner hoped to nab a deal with Target for the site, but so far that has not come to pass.

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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