by Mayor Tammy de Weerd
We have seen a number of ribbon cuttings recently as more and more businesses are moving to or expanding in our community. It’s not only a promising sign of economic recovery, it certainly shows that the energy is in Meridian! This week, I wanted to share some brief information about some of these businesses.
First, the Village at Meridian (formerly known as Meridian Town Center), the large lifestyle development near the Eagle & Fairview intersection, is really beginning to take shape. Upon completion, it will represent one of the most significant commercial projects ever developed in the state of Idaho. Tenants – Gordman’s and Big Al’s – are already beginning to open in the project’s initial phase, which includes 500,000 square feet of retail, entertainment, restaurant, and office space. [Along with this development was the expansion of Eagle Road from their property to I-84.]
The enthusiasm of the Gordman’s staff was positively contagious at the July 26th ribbon cutting of their 50,000 square foot store. Sharply dressed in coordinating purple and black, they were beaming with pride as they welcomed guests into their new store. At this event, we learned more about Gordman’s commitment to local education as CEO Jeff Gordman presented Joint School District No. 2 Superintendent Linda Clark with a donation of $2,500. He also announced that Gordmans will become Partners in Education with nearby River Valley Elementary School, supporting its activities and serving as mentors to its students.
Big Al’s plans to cut the ribbon on its newest entertainment center nearby on August 6. Visitors will be dazzled by its full-service 42-lane Bowling center, 200-player video and redemption game Arcade, sports bar and grill with one of the Northwest's biggest TV screen. There's also the Skybox Lounge and CaddyShack, golf simulator, pool tables, shuffleboard and darts games. More importantly, the 66,000 square-foot, $10 million enterprise created new jobs for approximately 175 employees.
We have also seen a host of smaller enterprises have also been opening shop in Meridian this summer. MoMo Dumplings recently opened next door to Buffalo Wild Wings at Franklin and Eagle Road. This new eatery which features food of the Himalayas will soon become a community favorite. Stop by and try one of their truly unique dishes!
Epic Exchange – Fashion Recycler also recently opened on Fairview. At Epic they buy/trade/sell clothing, so as you get ready to do your school shopping, stop by and see all the amazing fashions they have on hand or pick up something special for a night out.
And just a few days ago I was honored to be part of the grand opening for the new home of Molly Maid, a residential and business housekeeping company, which is located in our downtown at 1519 N. Main Street. This Meridian company continues to grow and made a decision to investment in our downtown as they renovated their new location prior to moving in. What you may not know is that they hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, have an A rating on Angie’s List and received the “Super Service Award” from them in 2011, and the owner Stephanie Camarillo was recognized as a top 5 Women Owned Business by the Idaho Business Review in 2012. In addition, a percentage of every clean is donated to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. We are excited to see their growth as a Meridian company and appreciate their investment in our downtown.
This blend of national and local businesses, large and small, not only provide retail, dining, and service choices for those who live in Meridian, but they are bringing jobs in construction and then permanent jobs to the area, all of which gives us cause to celebrate. I encourage you to stop by and welcome these and the other new businesses to Meridian and hope this is just a sign of things to come as we continue to grow our community.