Hey, Trader Joe's: the Treasure Valley reeeeeally wants you

The results of our contest are in! The winner of our $100 gift card to the Boise Towne Square mall will be notified next week.

But for now, the rankings:

  • No. 1: Trader Joe's
    The grocery chain won 39 percent of the vote. The cries for Trader Joe's in Boise have been long and loud, but they're going unanswered for now. The folks at Trader Joe's say Boise isn't in their two-year plans. But I've noticed that it's creeping closer: Spokane got a TJ's less than a year ago, and Salt Lake City will have one by the end of this year.

  • No. 2: IKEA
    The Swedish big-blue-box store that sells furniture, homewares, doo-dads and food got 14 percent of the vote. The company has been expanding globally and is even planning a budget hotel chain. There is demand for their stuff here; a local business shuttles IKEA stuff from the Draper, Utah, store. We profiled that business last year in Business Insider.

  • No. 3: In-N-Out Burger
    They're all over Utah now, but the Statesman hasn't gotten any indications that they're coming to Idaho.

  • No. 4: Nordstrom
    We just got a Nordstrom Rack, and the Seattle-based company wasn't planning to add a full Nordstrom when that store opened in April.

  • Tied for No. 5 with three votes each: The Container Store, Panera Bread and Wienerschnitzel
  • Tied for No. 6 with two votes: California Pizza Kitchen, Crate & Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Guess, Sam's Club and Stein Mart
  • Tied for No. 7 with one vote: Bass Pro Shop, Bertucci's Italian Restaurant, The Black-eyed Pea, Church's Chicken, CiCi's Pizza, Coach Factory Outlet, Delia's, Future Shop, H&M, Half Price Books, The Hat, Herberger's, Hometown Buffet, Izzy's Restaurant, J. Jill, Johnny Rockets, Landry's Seafood, Lands' End, Maggiano's Little Italy, McCormick & Schmick Seafood, McMenamin's, Neiman Marcus, Pei Wei, Rock Bottom, Ruby Tuesday, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Safeway, Schlotzky's, Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes, Tony Roma's Restaurant, Whataburger, White Castle

Those who submitted H&M and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse are in luck, because the clothing store and the restaurant are both coming to Boise.

Safeway ain't happening. If you can remember the mid 80s...

You'll remember that they were bleeding and started selling off entire divisions wherever they could, including Great Britain. Saudi Arabia and the Salt Lake City division that contained the Treasure Valley stores.

The nearest one is in La Grande.

It's more than apparent that you guys have eyes bigger than your economy and like the Bronco Fan Wandering League Disease will flail about somewhat like a dying fly looking for SOMETHING.

Safeway is at a disadvantage for distribution here. In order to build stores in new areas one has to have prospects of being able to expand enough to justify their transportation needs and pay their suppliers and vendors.

The Blue Mountains don't help.

The other BIG problem is that Safeway is part of a large union-intensive mess that causes strikeage all too often, more than Albertsons-Supervalu ever has seen. Without a base strecthing firmly into Utah, Nevada, etc...this is another reason why Albertsons always seemed to kill off the smaller competitiors when they came in all bright eyed and bushy tailed. Albertsons' decline in recent years may seem like help in that respect but you can't just ask the retail fairy for 3 stores and get magic dust on the ground.

I miss Safeway too. They aren't nearly the same Safeway we knew in 1982, nor will they ever be. Revel in those memories, kids, they were glorious.

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