Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chipotle, Panda Express, Starbucks to Join Trader Joe's in Downtown Boise

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Chipotle, Panda Express and Starbuck will join Trader Joes at Capitol Boulevard and Front Street.
  • Chipotle, Panda Express and Starbuck will join Trader Joe's at Capitol Boulevard and Front Street.

The final pieces of the puzzle of what will accompany Trader Joe's at the the corner of Boise's Capitol Boulevard and Front Street have fallen into place.

Boise Weekly first told you in December 2012 that Trader Joe's, the iconic home of Two Buck Chuck, would soon occupy the 1.4-acre parking lot, framed by Capitol Boulevard, Front, Sixth and Broad streets, along with three other retailers. More than three months later, it was finally confirmed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.

Now, we can tell you that the other three merchants in the retail square—which is quickly being constructed—will be Chipotle, Panda Express and Starbucks.

But the new eateries require very specific signage, per their corporate rules, and the current Capitol Boulevard sign standards don't accommodate those huge signs.

That's why Erstad Architects and Hawkins Companies (the developer) will need to stand before the Boise Design Review Committee on Wednesday, Aug. 14 to get approval for a sign variance for the new restaurants.

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