by Andrew Crisp
City officials are finally talking more than three months after Boise Weekly reported specialty grocer Trader Joe’s plans to open a location at 300 S. Capitol Blvd.
In a Thursday morning meeting, Mayor Dave Bieter confirmed the rumor to a group of Boise Young Professionals members, stating he learned late March 20 TJ’s is officially opening in downtown Boise. After Bieter made his remarks, Michael Zuzel, assistant to the mayor, sought to clarify the statement.
"Well, you know, I think the best that you can do is characterize that as a continued hope," said Zuzel. "Trader Joe's is the only one who can confirm Trader Joe's is coming to downtown."
When asked if Bieter did in fact tell BYP members TJ's was a sure thing, Zuzel wasn't sure.
"I don’t have it written down here in front of me. It may have been characterized as an extreme hope, or even a confident hope. In terms of confirmation, confirmation can only come from the company," he said.
A call to spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki confirmed the company will build a store on the southeast corner of Capitol Boulevard and Front Street, scheduled to open sometime in 2014, she said.
Boise Weekly readers first learned about the grocer's plans for Boise in December 2012, when we reported city officials had signed nondisclosure agreements regarding a tenant for an anchor location at 300 S. Capitol.