November 28, 2023

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4 Beloved Nampa Shops Your Mothers and fathers Shopped At That Are Absent Now

For lots of lifelong Idahoans, it truly is been really hard to tummy the simple fact that Idaho’s initial indoor searching shopping mall no lengthier exists as they as soon as knew it. 

More than 107,000 square feet of Karcher Shopping mall was demolished in early 2020 to make way for a challenge termed “Karcher Market.” Essentially, the idea was to reduce the footprint of the shopping mall and have any of the remaining tenants use exterior entrances only. The COVID-19 pandemic would toss a big wrench in the designs to get the challenge underway.

Flash forward two yrs and the task has been rebranded “District 208.” Past June, BoiseDev reported that under the new name, a comparable prepare would be shifting forward. In addition to a handful of new stores, there would be residences created guiding what was left of the mall. Nampa’s permits are a little challenging to navigate as opposed to other municipalities, but it looses like they issued a permit for a 3,820-square-foot clubhouse for the apartment elaborate to be crafted last June.

Picture by way of Google Maps

Image by way of Google Maps

Other than that, we are not certain where by the venture stands proper now. What we do know is that just after demolition Mor Furniture has been divided from the other remaining tenants. We know that some of the old mall tenants like Large 5 Sporting Items, JoAnn Materials and Ross and Price reduction Furnishings and Mattress are even now there. We also know that most of individuals suppliers have areas in other places in the Treasure Valley, so right now you can find almost nothing truly special about the task.

It can be a minimal bit sad for the reason that when the shopping mall opened in 1965, it was a huge offer! With its initial a few anchor tenants, Buttrey Meals and Drug, Rasco-Tempo (a low cost store) and Kinney Sneakers, it turned the very first indoor buying mall in the overall condition. It was the premiere procuring spot, not just for Idahoans but people from Eastern Oregon as nicely.

The shopping mall presented our community with so lots of excellent reminiscences, like checking out Art Yensen, the male that lots of family members in the Treasure Valley considered the Authentic Santa Claus, throughout the holiday time. Furthermore who could forget about the orange carpet and the polar bear?

Karcher Shopping mall was also house to these four suppliers that your mother and father shopped at that really don’t exist any more! (Ok, you may have shopped there much too, but your mom and dad or grandparents may have been the types handing about the hard cash at the sign up!)

Buttrey Food & Drug

It truly is only natural to start out the list with a person of Karcher Mall’s to start with anchor tenants. The extremely very first Buttrey outlets were being department suppliers, but the brand expanded to grocery stores in the mid-1930s. Founded in Montana, Buttrey at some point bought its foodstuff shops to the satisfaction of Boise, Albertsons, in 1988.

Evidently, the impending offer didn’t sit properly with all people. In accordance to a 1987 Spokane Chronicle article, a Boise lady positioned an anonymous get in touch with boasting that her partner had positioned bombs at five Buttrey locations since he was upset by the sale. Three of those people five locations have been on monitor to come to be Albertsons spots, even though the other two would close. Fortunately, there ended up no bombs located at the shops and no 1 was hurt in the incident.


According to Mall of Fame, Karcher Shopping mall was residence to a Woolworth’s. Woolworth’s was one particular of the most nicely-known five-and-dome companies in retail background. The a person at Karcher Mall eventually moved into the Rasco-Tempo storefront when the discounted store closed.

A number of individuals in the “Boise and the Treasure Valley Background” Fb team fondly remember acquiring sundaes at Woolworth’s lunch counters all-around the Treasure Valley. The team had issues remembering specifically wherever the spot in Downtown Boise was, but we know there was a person in Hillcrest Searching Middle. In accordance to Jim Duran’s book Central Bench Heritageit was just one of the early tenants in the procuring location.

Troutman’s Emporium

Troutman’s Emporium, came to Karcher Shopping mall right after J.C. Penney made the decision to new rival, Boise Towne Sq. Mall. According to Mall of Fame, the Oregon-based mostly section retailer took about the lessen level of the outdated J.C. Penny in 1988. They also had areas in Boise’s 5 Mile Plaza and Northgate Shopping Center. All a few spots shut in 2003, not prolonged just after the corporation filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Burlington eventually took in excess of the outdated Emporium room in Nampa.

KB Toys (aka Kay Bee Toys)

Okay, this is just one that you almost certainly shopped at much too. 90s little ones bear in mind KB Toy’s fondly. You couldn’t normally persuade your dad and mom to get you to Toys R Us, but they had a tough time saying “no” to using you in to look through the shopping mall-dependent toy keep chain. For some cause, my clearest reminiscences of searching at KB Toys are of seeking at Crash Exam Dummies vehicles with my father. Those people toys hit the peak of their recognition in the early 1990s.

KB Toys outlived Tyco’s Crash Exam Dummies. According to this Idaho Statesman article we located on Flickr, the Boise Towne Sq. Mall missing its store early in 2004. It was one particular of the incredibly early tenants at Boise Towne Square when it opened in 1988. The short article stated that Karcher Mall’s locale shut a month before.

If you had entertaining with that excursion down memory lane, you really should verify out this “Classic Karcher Shopping mall” group on Facebook. Devan Drake has uploaded a TON of previous pics of the shopping mall there!

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