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Capitol Village gains tenants (access required)

Despite the continued absence of an anchor tenant, Capitol Village at Capitol Boulevard and University Drive is starting to fill up. For several months earlier this year, the 3 1/2-year-old retail center looked as if it had morphed into a ...

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Underground tanks delay BoDo building start – maybe 'til January (access required)

Construction of three new retail and commercial buildings at 8th Street Marketplace in downtown Boise has been pushed back to late this year or early 2004, developer Mark Rivers says. Rivers, principal in BoDo Partners, said last week that he ...

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Commercial construction seen gaining in year ahead (access required)

Commercial construction in the Treasure Valley is expected to pick up in 2004, but the surge might not begin for at least another six months. That prediction came in an outlook presentation last week by the Idaho Associated General Contractors, ...

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Correction (access required)

Correction A story in the Nov. 3 Business Review, headlined “Shop serves growing demand for saltwater aquariums,” incorrectly referred to “Garden City West” on Fairview Avenue near Cloverdale Road. The name of the business is Garden Center West.

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Taco Del Mar franchisee plans 4 eateries in Valley (access required)

Taco Del Mar, a Seattle-based quick-service Mexican food chain, plans to open its first Boise restaurant in January, and plans three other Treasure Valley eateries by spring. Franchise developer Todd Hicks, a former Subway franchisee in western Washington, said he ...

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Arizona-based Petsmart plans third Idaho store in Meridian (access required)

Petsmart, an Arizona-based retailer of pet food and other supplies, has started construction on a store at the Meridian Crossroads shopping center on Eagle Road near Fairview Avenue. Andrea Davis, a communications representative for Petsmart in Phoenix, said construction began ...

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Boise to get its 2nd dueling-piano bar, Boogie Woogies (access required)

Dueling dueling-piano bars will duke it out in downtown Boise beginning Nov. 7 with the arrival of Boogie Woogies in the Mode Building at Eighth and Idaho streets. Franc Winkley, a Boogie Woogies partner, said tenant improvements were under way ...

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Boise-based Idaho Saltwater Emporium serves growing demand for saltwater aquariums (access required)

Ammon Covino has turned his interest in colorful saltwater fish into a growing wholesale and retail venture in northwest Boise. Covino launched Idaho Saltwater Emporium in March in a 3,000-square-foot space adjacent to Zamzows, on State Street near Pierce Park ...

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Two fondue eateries to open in downtown Boise (access required)

Boise’s downtown dining scene will broaden next year with the arrival of two fondue restaurants. The Melting Pot, a Florida-based fondue restaurant chain with more than 70 restaurants nationwide, plans to open its first Idaho restaurant by next spring in ...

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Boise-based Vista Village to get extensive remodeling (access required)

Vista Village is slated to get an extensive remodeling that will include some demolition and the construction of up to five new buildings for retail and residential uses. Owner Day Realty has applied for a conditional use permit and variance ...

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