You Asked: What’s up with the construction at Boise’s Target?


At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Target closed its cafe area near the entrance to its Boise store on Milwaukee St.

The smell of popcorn no longer wafts over guests as they enter the store, and in recent weeks, construction material covered the space (complete with Target red plywood).

The retailer applied for a building permit last year to fully remove the cafe, including countertops, fixtures, seating and all the appliances. The Boise Target cafe is no more.

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In its place, crews started building out a new order pickup hub in the 1,220 square foot space. Like many retailers, Target increased focus in recent years on giving customers the ability to buy goods online and pick up in store or have them delivered. Target currently fulfills online orders out of its customer service desk area nearby.

The remodel is fairly minor, with a permit value of just less than $40,000.

The store at 633 N. Milwaukee opened in 1990, as the first Target store in the State of Idaho.

At 101,000 square feet, it is smaller than the typical Target store, which measures 130,000 square feet. It doesn’t include a number of features found in other stores, like an expanded grocery department, in-store Starbucks cafe, or pharmacy.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
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 [email protected].

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