Scheels plans store in Meridian, ID


Get ready to ride a Ferris wheel. Inside a sporting goods store.

Scheels will open its new location at Ten Mile Crossing in Meridian, with a large store.

The company has been eyeing the Treasure Valley for several years and recently decided to open its doors in Colorado Springs above the Boise subway due to an incentive package the city handed out.

Scheels will be one of the largest retail stores in the Treasure Valley, with a store format comprising over 85 specialty stores in one store with one million pieces in stock. Goods for sale include clothing, sporting goods, footwear and exercise equipment.

Billed as an entertainment destination, Scheels will also feature a 65-foot Ferris wheel, a 16,000 gallon saltwater aquarium with hundreds of fish, a candy store, an interactive arcade, sports simulators, and more. An on-site restaurant offers soups, sandwiches, homemade fudge and coffee.

The store overshadows other sporting goods stores – even the relatively large Cabella location in Boise, which is 132,000 square feet compared to 240,000 square feet for the Scheels location.

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Long-standing interest

Scheels is planning a store like this in Meridian, ID, near Boise. Photo: Courtesy of Scheels

Scheels has visited the area several times over the years. He says he has researched the market for over a decade. Public records obtained by BoiseDev in 2017 indicated that the town of Meridian had arranged a site visit for Scheels officials at the time (codenamed “Project Ferris Wheel”) and predicted that the company could invest more. $ 30 million in the project.

This will be the 33rd location for Scheels, which grew out of a Minnesota hardware store in 1902. The Meridian store will employ more than 400 people and is expected to open in 2024.

“We couldn’t be happier to announce that Scheels is coming to Idaho,” said company CEO Steve M. Scheel. “Our company has researched the Boise market for over a decade and were delighted to find the best possible location for our store at Ten Mile Crossing in Meridian.”

The store will give the development of Ten Mile Crossing a major retail anchor. The project, developed by Brighton Corp, SCS, Ball Ventures and Ball Ventures Ahlquist, is a large mixed-use project that includes office, medical, multi-family and other uses.

“We are delighted that Scheels has chosen Ten Mile Crossing as the location for its new store,” said David Turnbull of Brighton. “We believe this is a testament to the location and quality of Ten Mile Crossing, and we will continue to see growth in the retail, office, residential and other market segments within Ten Mile Crossing. “

A spokesperson for Ball Ventures said the company plans to make “a lot more” announcements on the Ten Mile project in the future.

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