We’ve been following the progress of new Albertsons grocery stores in Star and S. Meridian for several years. Now, with construction underway on the stores – several BoiseDev readers have asked: will they be like the large Market Street store (or smaller Broadway location in Boise with upgraded features)?
The answer, in a word, is… sorta.
But if you’re hoping for a grocery store restaurant and bar — you won’t find it.
Albertsons Intermountain Division spokesperson Kathy Holland told BoiseDev the stores would be “traditional format” locations.
Renderings for the two stores show a similar architectural style to the Market Street store in Meridian, with a tall glass facade and similar colors and finishes – as well as a pharmacy drive-thru. The Star location is about 63,000 square feet while the S. Meridian store is 58,000 square feet.
Inside, shoppers will find some similarities as well.
“(The stores) will have some of the same elements and characteristics that can be seen in our Market Street and Broadway stores,” Holland said. “They will feature things such as an expanded selection of freshly prepared meals, expanded fresh-cut fruits, and vegetables.”
Holland said the stores will include an expanded deli, Starbucks coffee bar, and more.
The stores will also have another new feature — which we write about in-depth here — a checkout-free mobile app system.
Opening dates for the two stores have not yet been announced. A third new store, in Boise’s Barber Valley, is not yet in the construction phase, though the company asked for an extension of its permit for the store recently.