No doubt about it, many traditional retailers and shopping malls have seen challenging changes in the last year.  Boise Towne Square continues to be an exception and continues to see new tenants.

If you caught the story in the Idaho Statesman, you saw the update on Express ( a store that specializes in clothing for young adults).  Express had announced in the last few months that they planned to close 31 stores across the country, but all signs point to the Boise store remaining open.

There have been numerous stories over the last 4-5 years that highlight how Boise Towne Square has been an exception to struggles many shopping centers across the country seem to feel.  So much so that the mall has recently or will soon welcome some new additions.

If you haven't been in to do some shopping lately, you will now find Shoe Show filling the space on the second floor that was formerly Payless Shoe Source.  A new furniture retailer and barbershop have also opened up shop over the last few months.

The food court has a fresh look on a returning tenant, as Sbarro Original New York PIzza has come back after a few years away.  They took over the space that was formerly the Mongolian BBQ.

I'm really excited for something that will soon be open.  Escape This Room, offering group escape room games where participants find clues and solve puzzles to secure their exit is planning to open early this year.

The Statesman did do some digging on one of the questions that many Pier 1 Imports shoppers have had; Will the Boise stores (at the mall and The Village in Meridian) be part of the company's closures?  So far, all signs point to those two locations remaining open.