A group of Boise boosters headed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, this week, to make sure that Jeff Noddle and other executives at SuperValu knew that they were loved by the city that used to house Albertson's.
Mayor Dave Bieter was on the trip, which was organized by the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. Other goodwill ambassadors included Nancy Vannorsdel, the president of the chamber, along with Dennis Johnson, the CEO of United Heritage and the chairman of the chamber's board of directors; George Iliff of Collier's International, the chair-elect of the chamber board, and Scott Peyron of Peyron and Associates. Gov. Jim Risch had planned to attend, but scheduling conflicts got in the way, according to the chamber.
The team's job: convince SuperValu to keep as many operations as they can in The City of Trees, now that they've taken over Albertson's. SuperValu has previously said they were likely to keep many operations here, but Ray Stark, the Chamber's senior vice president, said the business group was just making sure.