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BOISE -- The city of Boise is getting ready to welcome a new business to town.

Whole Foods will break ground Friday morning on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Myrtle Street.

It's been a long time since the busy corner has been used for anything more than a parking lot. Construction crews will be building a new 35,000 square foot store.

The Boise Co-op isn t excited about the national chain coming to downtown Boise. They are the mom and pop shop serving 30,000 members in the North End.

The Co-op opened in 1973 and created a niche by serving people with specialized and locally grown foods.

The Co-op's general manager Ben Kuzma is paying close attention to the opening of Whole Foods. He isn't worried that they will be driven out of town because he says they have the home field advantage.

You're definitely going to take a hit, they're new in town and people are going to be curious about them, said Kuzma. We are selling the same product line. The good thing is people are going to have more choices, and often times when there's competition it just makes people and organizations better.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.

Construction on the Whole Foods building is estimated to take about a year to complete.

Kuzma says they will use that time to prepare themselves for competition.


Once it opens Kuzma says he plans to check out the store but still do his shopping at the Co-op.

This will be the first Whole Foods in Idaho, and it will also have a Walgreens attached.


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