A unique new marketplace will soon pop up in downtown Kuna this summer.
The Kuna Market Village will be made up of 12, 120 square foot storefronts that each have one window and a set of double doors. Lisa Holland, Kuna’s Director of Economic Development says the city is actively seeking tenants.
“We want to have people who make great art pieces, or they make some sort of craft, or some sort of food products, something that they just want to get out there and sell like you would in downtown Boise in the in the Capital Market.”
Holland says preference will be given to Kuna businesses and veteran-owned businesses but the applications are open to anyone selling local goods. Tenants will pay $290 per month in rent and the application process will be open throughout April.
“We anticipate it’s going to be a fairly competitive process,” Holland said. “I know we’ve got a lot of people interested that we’re talking with.”
Rather than purchasing the storefronts pre-built, the city of Kuna is hosting a two-day event on May 6 and 7 to teach high school students construction skills. Students will work alongside contractors to build the units and will be provided with toolkits and meals for the day. Holland says the city is still recruiting interested high school juniors and seniors and is also opening up the event to veterans who want to learn construction.
“Maybe if they (veterans) want to get back into the workforce in a different way they can also be part of the training.”
The Kuna Market Village will also feature a central plaza with picnic tables and spots for food trucks. Participating food trucks will be charged $25 per day or $50 for the weekend.
The marketplace will open for a preview weekend on Saturday, May 22 but will officially open June 4 and run through September. Normal hours will be Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m but Sundays will be optional for vendors.
The Kuna Market Village will be located outdoors at the 4th St. Gym in downtown. If you are interested in becoming a tenant or food truck vendor, click here.