Yesterday, our Facebook page went crazy with more stores and restaurants that you want to see come to the Treasure Valley.  Here are the next top five responses. 

7-Eleven 

American convenience store royalty, even though it’s now 70% owned by a company from Japan.  7-Eleven started in Dallas in 1929 and was open from 7am to 11pm. After a great run, they fell on hard times and sold 70% of the business to a company from Japan.  They now have over 68,000 stores in 17 countries but none in Idaho. 

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Nordstrom 

The Seattle luxury department store has 379 stores coast to coast, but no full stores in Idaho.  We do have a Nordstrom Rack at Boise Town Square, but according to our listeners on Facebook, it’s just not the same.  

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Whataburger 

This burger chain started in 1950 in Texas, known for its A-Frame buildings, they’ve grown to 824 stores.  The company was still owned by the founder’s family up until last year.  They are still in growth mode and with their success in nearby cities like Phoenix, maybe Boise is next! 

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El Pollo Loco 

Spanish for “The Crazy Chicken,” this chicken chain is known for Mexican-style grilled chicken.  The chain started in 1979 and had stores in both the US and Mexico, but in 1983, the American stores were sold off.  There are now over 500 El Pollo Loco’s in the US, but none here in Boise.

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Rubio’s Coastal Grill 

Some college kids from San Diego State go on Spring Break to Baja California and fall in love with the food stands on the beach.  When they get back, inspired by the fresh Mexican food they had, one of them starts Rubio’s Mexican Grill.  37 years later, there are 200 stores and are rapidly expanding across to country.  Maybe Boise is next!  

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