Caldwell Boulevard and West Karcher Road
Nampa, Idaho

The Gem State's first shopping mall was implemented by the Nampa-based Daum Development Corporation. It was built on a 34.9 acre tract, located 19 miles west of downtown Boise, in the city of Nampa.

KARCHER MALL, a single-level, fully-enclosed structure, encompassed approximately 103,000 leasable square feet. Its first tenants, Kinney Shoes, the Karcher Mall Barber Shop and a (34,000 square foot) Buttrey's Super Store grocery, opened for business August 26, 1965. Four additional stores and services were dedicated on September 15; Andre's Beauty Salon & Sauna, Anne's Flowers, a Sprouse-Reitz 5 & 10 and (30,000 square foot) Tempo Discount Center.

Construction commenced on a eastward addition in February, 1968. This 2.9 million dollar project was to add nineteen stores, including Singer Sewing Center, Skagg's Drug Center and Jay Vee Women's Wear.

The centerpiece of the expansion was a 2-level (140,000 square foot) J.C. Penney, which was dedicated in October 1968. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Harry Daum, the mall's developer. The mayors of the cities of Caldwell and Nampa were also in attendance, as was Karen Ryder, "Miss Idaho 1969".

In late 1969, the mall's discount store was rebranded as a Rasco Tempo. 3 years later, work got underway on a second eastward extension. This would include a 1-level (60,000 square foot) Seattle-based The Bon Marche, (20,200 square foot), Boise-based Falk's ID department store, Virgil O'Dell Red & Blue Twin Cinemas and nineteen new stores.

The expanded East Wing opened for business August 3, 1973. KARCHER MALL now encompassed 545,000 leasable square feet and housed around fifty stores and services. Rasco Tempo went dark in March 1976 and was replaced by an F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10.

In October 1988, KARCHER MALL encountered its first retail rival. BOISE TOWN SQUARE {15.8 miles east, in Boise} snatched J.C. Penney, the primary anchor of KARCHER, along with several inline stores. To add insult to injury, BOISE TOWN SQUARE was expanded, to 1,170,000 square feet, with additions in 1998 and 2000.

KARCHER MALL persevered. The first level of the old Penney's spot was leased to Eugene, Oregon-based Troutman's Emporium ("The Emporium") in 1989. By 1993, KARCHER MALL housed stores such as The Hub Clothing (in the Falk's ID space), PayLess Drug (in the Skagg's space) , Sears Catalog & Appliance and an F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10 (which had replaced the Rasco Tempo store).

The shopping center was in foreclosure by the mid-1990s. It was bought and sold several times, with a major renovation done in 1998. This 10 million dollar project included the installation of an upper level Food Court and new Main Entrance.

Empty spaces were leased to new retailers. Intermountain Sports replaced Woolworth's, with Jo-Ann Fabrics assuming the PayLess Drug space. Big 5 Sporting Goods set up shop in the West Wing.

KARCHER MALL lost Troutman's Emporium in February 2003. Pleasanton, California-based Ross Dress For Less leased the old Buttrey's Food location in 2004 . The mall's west anchor was rebannered as a Bon-Macy's on August 1, 2003 before being fully "Macy-ated" March 6, 2005.

The shopping hub changed hands four more times. Its latest owner, Anaheim, California's Milan Properties, began a refurbishment in 2008. A more ambitious remodeling, which had been proposed by the previous owners, was scrapped.

Milan's scaled-down renovation concentrated on a face lift of the interior, remodeling of entrances and painting of the exterior of the structure. The 14 million dollar project was completed in the spring of 2009. As part of the refurbishment, new Burlington Coat Factory and Steve & Barry's University Sportswear stores had opened. Unfortunately, Steve & Barry's went bust after only 11 months.

The cinema space, which had operated as the Karcher Reel Theatre until February 2000, re-opened, as the Northern Lights Cinema Grill, in September 2009. The primary Macy's had been shuttered on October 14 of the same year.

Macy's had moved to the new open-air NAMPA GATEWAY CENTER {4.3 miles east, in Canyon County}. A KARCHER MALL Macy's Clearance Center remained intact, for a time.

Meanwhile, a second commercial competitor came on the scene. The TREASURE VALLEY MARKETPLACE power center {.7 mile northeast, in Nampa} opened for business in August 2010. The Macy's Clearance Center at KARCHER MALL was finally shuttered in July 2014. The standard Macy's store morphed into a Mor Furniture For Less in June 2016.


"Karcher Mall" article on Wikipedia
Canyon County, Idaho property tax assessor website
http://www.baumrealty.com (Baum Brothers LLC)
http://www.rinconadadevelopment.com (Rinconada Development, LLC)