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Cheese shop returns to old Swiss Village in Nampa – but not everyone can get inside

The old Swiss Village Cheese Factory in Nampa holds a special place in the memories of many folks who lived in the Treasure Valley before the early 2000s.

Now, one element of the Cheese Factory is coming back – but only for employees.

Lactalis American Group purchased the factory from the JR Simplot Company in 1999 – and shut down the factory tour, cheese shop, and cafe. It began to expand capacity over the years in a now-booming area of Nampa.

But now, with a new $1.2 million employee facility opening at the site, a new in-house cheese shop will open.

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Vintage Swiss Village Cheese postcard

It’s a literally cheesy perk for folks who work at the plant. According to a spokesperson, thirty different cheese varieties will be available for workers to buy, with prices 60-70% off retail.

Lactallis said it raised starting wages to $15.50 per hour to compete in a tight labor market and started offering bonuses to new employees.

BoiseDev reported last summer that the company would invest in the Nampa plant and add additional employees. The company cut the ribbon on the expansion today.

Lactallis markets its cheeseunder brandslike Président, Galbani, Stonyfield Organic, and others.

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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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