Trader Joe’s Boise
The block on Capitol that borders Front and Broad streets was used as an unpaved parking lot for many years. Today the corner is home to a very popular Trader Joe’s grocery store that provides people who live and work downtown with a grocery option as well as three stand-alone restaurants: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panda Express, and Mod Pizza. All 4 buildings total approximately 20,000 SF. erstad ARCHITECTS worked closely with the developer and the City of Boise to come up with a design that enhances this prominent downtown corner. The buildings’ design includes a varied combination of materials including clay masonry brick, prefinished steel panels, wood ceiling/soffits, and decorative steel panels that provide screening throughout the site. Although not required per City code, the site also offers 81 parking spaces and landscaping, beautifying a once dirt-filled lot on a very prominent corner in downtown Boise.