Originally Posted by isangpogi
They announced who would be occupying the new construction at Meridian Town Center. Gap Outlet, Chick-fil-A, Marshalls, Gordman's and Petco. I must admit I'm a little disappointed. Previous announcements have stated that Meridian Town Center would be full of upscale tenants new to Idaho. Gap Outlet is new but we've had Gap for as long as I can remember. Marshalls and Petco are certainly not new. Gordman's just opened in Nampa and seems to be a glorified Ross/Marshalls/TJ Maxx. Chick-fil-A has a location at Boise State and will likely have other full restaurants completed by the time this one is done.
Nothing announced is upscale, which is what I thought the intention of the lifestyle center was. I'm sure the economy has put a damper on it, and I'm glad to see something finally getting built there, but I'm worried the center will become another retail center like what occupies two of the other corners of Fairview and Eagle...
Future plans, according to the Statesman, include a large theater and offices set to open in 2013. The center will also have "Bellagio-Style" fountains which would be pretty cool.
Here's the article: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/0...l#wgt=rcntnews
Yes, I somewhat agree with you, but if you've driven by the site, it's clear where these newly announced tenants will be located. The power center portion fronting Eagle Road is what is currently under construction. It's a typical commercial center linear layout, with all front loaded parking, and is suited to these types of tenants.
However, the portion where most of the "New to Idaho" tenants will be is in the Lifestyle Center component with a Town Square layout, which is on the south side of the new Big Al's. There are several pieces of construction equipment in that area now, so hopefully the structures will begin rising by end of spring. This is where the movie theater, sit-down restaurants, and higher-end brands will be located. None of these have been announced as of now, so let's remain optimistic and wait until the big news comes, which I expect will happen sometime this summer.