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2019 a year of retail closures (access required)

The retail sector faced a string of chain store closures in 2019 across the nation with more than 9,000 brick-and-mortar stores shutting their doors during the year, according to market research firm coresight.com. Almost half of the store closures sold ...

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Idaho Falls stockyards close after 86 years

1950s aerial photo of the Idaho Falls Stockyard

IDAHO FALLS — The final gavel has come down at the Idaho Falls stockyard. After 86 years of operation, the iconic business along the Union Pacific tracks held its last livestock auction on Dec. 18. The eight-acre parcel is in the old commercial ...

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Boise acquires 2.6 acres of open space

The view of the open space parcel along Hill Road. Photo courtesy of Boise Parks and Recreation.

The City of Boise announced the purchase of approximately 2.6 acres of open space on Dec. 23 and will engage in “a robust public outreach effort to get feedback on opportunities for the site, which could include agricultural components for ...

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Meridian approves new comprehensive plan (access required)

Mayor Tammy de Weerd presided over her last Meridian city council meeting on Dec. 17, where the city's new comprehensive plan was approved.

The Meridian City Council approved a new comprehensive plan on Dec. 17, minus a controversial clause over the transition from rural neighborhoods to areas of higher housing density. The excluded clause involved minimum lot sizes in a rural-transition policy that ...

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New movie theater opens in Eagle

EAGLE – Treasure Valley movie buffs have a new place to take in a film. The newly erected 28,301-square-foot Luxe Reel Theatre celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 20 with a Star Wars and Frozen-themed party. Located at 170 E Eagles ...

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Major dairy supplier to build facility in Jerome

photo of Welcome to Jerome sign

JEROME – Nelson–Jameson Inc. announced on Dec. 16 that it will build a 29,000-square-foot distribution facility on the south side of Jerome. The company recently purchased 19 acres of land in the Northside subdivision for the new distribution center, with room ...

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St. Luke’s celebrates construction milestone (access required)

Photo of the placement of the last beam on the frame of the St. Luke's Medical Center's new shipping and receiving building in Boise.

Employees of Boise’s St. Luke’s Medical Center and Layton Construction paused on Dec. 17 for the ceremonial placement of the last beam on the frame of the hospital’s new shipping and receiving facility in downtown Boise. Placing the last beam ...

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Ada County Coordinated Growth Initiative launches new website (access required)

Ada County Commissioners recently launched a website on plans for furthering discussion of the county’s growth and the next steps the commissioners will take to keep the public engaged in the growth conversation. Launched on Dec. 18, the Next Steps website ...

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Demolition begins on former Mercy Medical Center in Nampa

photo of the beginning of the demolition of the old Mercy Medical Center in Nampa

Demolition of the former Mercy Medical Center on 12th Avenue in Nampa is underway. The work began on Dec. 16 at the facility, which has been vacant since Saint Alphonsus opened its new Nampa medical center on Garrity Boulevard in July ...

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