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You Asked: What’s happening at the old Turner’s Sportsfair/The Turn?

We’ve had a slew of questions on what’s happening to the old Turner’s Sportsfair building on State St. in Boise.

The building, along State St. not too far from Taft Elementary went up in 1972. It housed the unique hybrid sporting goods and lounge, which dated back 75 years, according to Idaho News 6. The business closed down in 2018 when the Turner family decided to sell the property and close the business. The area saw a significant change when State St. was reconfigured for a new “thru-turn” style intersection at Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Nobel Holdings purchased and still owns the property. It shares ownership with the now-defunct Einstein’s Oilery – which was sold to Valvoline last year. An Einstein’s location was built next door, which is now Valvoline.

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The Turner’s building dropped the “er’s” and became “The Turn” in 2019, bringing a neighborhood bar back to the area. But last year, after closing due to COVID-19, owners of The Turn decided to close for good in May.

Rendering of the former Turner’s Sportsfair building in Boise. Via ADP Architects

Now, construction crews have been at work on the property, making upgrades both inside and out. A building permit request Friday indicates that The Breeze Laundry will use the full 3,500 square foot space. You might recognize that name from a prior BoiseDev You Asked story in April when we reported the Bend, OR-based business would revamp the old Popeye’s location on Broadway.

Crews will also give the building an extensive exterior remodel, with reclaimed wood, bronze, and charcoal gray paint finishes.

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Don Day - BoiseDev editor
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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