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Karcher Mall redevelopment begins

The 54-year-old mall in Nampa is getting a big makeover.

NAMPA, Idaho — Idaho's first indoor shopping mall will soon have a whole new look.

Rhino Investment Group broke ground Friday in the redevelopment of Karcher Mall in Nampa.

Rhino bought the 54-year-old shopping center earlier this year and is spending $11 million to turn it into an open-air mall.

Ignite Funding is helping finance the project, which will be known as the Karcher Marketplace.

"This mall's going to be different. This mall's going to provide an opportunity to live here, to eat here, still shop here, but just in a different environment," said Carrie Cook with Ignite Funding.

"With the changes that we're going to see take place on this property, it's going to move us in that positive direction to add housing in this area, to add restaurants in this area, to add additional retail again is exactly what this area needs," said Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling.

ESI is the general contractor for the Karcher Mall redevelopment project, which is expected to be completed next year.

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