MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) - With dozens of shops and restaurants already open, retailers say The Village At Meridian is giving the Treasure Valley economy a boost.
Friday was all about the hype of opening day, but the economic impact from this big project was felt as soon as contractors first started moving dirt. Now, every dollar that shoppers spend is helping out their community.
Before the village was finished, 400-600 contractors were working around the clock for more than a year to put it all together.
Now that it's open, the shopping center continues to bring an economic boost in the Treasure Valley
"It's awesome, we love it," shopper Allie Bartholomeus said.
"Meridian has just taken such a turn over the past 10 years," another shopper said. "It has just come from a small town to a big city, so it's really an incredible thing."
And the village isn't done growing. The development will bring 1,000 jobs to the Treasure Valley this fall alone. Another 1,000 will be added as Axiom and other retailers open their doors late this year and next year.
Along with that, the shopping center is also bringing 500,000 square feet of retail space and restaurants, meaning shoppers also have something to smile about.
"We're so excited for all of the store to open so we can shop more," Bartholomeus said.
Shopping bags were already being stuffed full on Friday, but most shoppers also said they are excited for everything else to open up in the area. But until then?
"I could see myself just coming here and hanging out on a Saturday," Boise resident Mykeah Kranzler said. "That's really what you want is somewhere you can go spend time, have lunch, shop around, meet your friends.
That's something retailers in this mega shopping center are banking on.