TWIN FALLS — Twin Falls had much to celebrate in 2016, but there were also some disappointments.
Several projects that planned to open were delayed last year, giving residents more to look forward to in the coming year.
Here are five businesses you can plan to see open in 2017 in Twin Falls, plus a few more that have expressed interest in coming here.
1. Canyons Retirement Community
Originally planned to open in late 2016, Canyons Retirement Community got a delayed opening when subcontractors were busy with other projects.
The community has essentially three parts: an assisted living facility, hospice care and independent living cottages. Heritage Home Health and Hospice, employing between 30 and 40 people, will be the first to open — likely in the next few weeks, said Troy Bell, president and CEO of facility operator Tanabell Health Services.
Next, the assisted living facility — with 40 assisted living units and 20 memory care units — will open early 2017.
“We’re looking to hopefully accept residents by Feb. 1,” Bell said.
Tanabell has already hired close to 25 people for that facility, and expects that number to double by opening.
The final phase of the Canyons Retirement Community will be 24 independent living cottages, the first of which will be opening around August or September, Bell said. Residents must be 60 years or older, and can still access food, activities, walking trails and other services on campus.
“Having this campus is really going to serve a community that has a need for this service,” Bell said.
2. Yellow Brick Cafe
This was another business Twin Falls expected to get in 2016, but didn’t. Owner Kathy Fitzgerald said the Yellow Brick Cafe (next to Slice) got delayed while planning was underway for a rooftop patio.
She expects to open the business in the spring, with a grand opening tentatively slated for May 1, when the reconstruction of Main Avenue between Shoshone and Gooding streets is complete.
Yellow Brick Cafe will serve breakfast and lunch with a health-oriented focus. Fitzgerald wants to use local ingredients and offer a selection of juices, smoothies and coffees.
A spokesperson for Chipotle Mexican Grill said construction is scheduled to begin in January, and the restaurant is planned to open sometime in the second quarter of 2017. It’s too early for a definite date.
The burrito chain got a building permit for 587 Blue Lakes Blvd. N. earlier this year. Chipotle restaurants typically employ between 25 and 30 people.
The Chipotle corporation has faced troubles recently, with sales down 22 percent in the most recent quarter for restaurants open longer than a year. The Washington Post reported that although the chain had problems with food contamination incidents last year, most of its problems seem to result from dissatisfied customers complaining of long lines, messy restaurants and sold-out products.
4. Gemstone Climbing
Construction is underway on Gemstone Climbing, 135 Fifth Ave. S., and partner Hailey Barnes has confidence in a May or June opening.
The 15,000 square-foot gym will contain climbing walls of all types, she said. A children’s area may be used for birthday parties. Yoga and Pilates classes will be offered, with cardiovascular equipment available for use.
“It’ll be kind of a full gym,” Barnes said.
Gemstone will sell some climbing gear, and Center for Physical Rehabilitation plans to lease some space inside.
Day passes are estimated to cost around $15, but the gym will have a variety of membership options.
Gemstone partners originally hoped for a December 2016 or January 2017 opening, but the project was set back due to issues with drawings for steel, and the discovery of large chunks of concrete during excavation.
5. Mazda dealership at Twin Cinema 12
Goode Motor Auto Group has received permission from the Planning and Zoning Commission to operate its Mazda dealership and service center at the former Twin Cinema 12.
Owner Matt Cook said purchase of the property is still pending, but plans the partial demolition and renovation of the old theater building to take place in 2017, followed by the dealership’s opening.
“You gotta line up a lot of things to make that work,” Cook said.
The original theater would be used as a community space.
Cook also hopes to allow a fast-food restaurant to open at the corner of Kimberly Road and Eastland Drive. Goode Motor would still need to get approval for a drive-thru, and may have to subdivide the property. A restaurant is not expected to open in 2017.
Others businesses that have expressed interest in Twin Falls, and may open in 2017, include:
Panera Bread: It’s anyone’s guess when — or if — Panera Bread will open along the canyon rim. The company got permission in 2015 for its drive-through, and even received a building permit.
But it later asked the city to put that permit on hold, citing issues with another tenant in the development, Zoning and Development Manager Renee Carraway-Johnson told the Times-News. Panera Bread would be located on property owned by Woodbury Corp. at Canyon Park West.
“The project is basically on hold at this time,” Carraway-Johnson said.
Canyon Park West developer Ray Neilsen expressed confidence that the restaurant would open eventually. Woodbury Corp. and Panera Bread representatives have not responded to requests for information.
Ruby Tuesday, Black Bear Diner: Ruby Tuesday has set its eye on Twin Falls and Idaho Falls for potential franchise locations, but a spokeswoman said Wednesday there was nothing concrete to report.
Meanwhile, the Ruby Tuesday in Pocatello has received some flak recently from the nearly 30 employees who were informed on Christmas Day they would no longer have jobs. The restaurant closed abruptly, and owners said in a statement that a steady decline in business was the cause.
Black Bear Diner is also looking at Twin Falls as a potential location to expand, a spokesman said, but no plans have been made.
Hotels: My Place Hotels of America has planned a 64-room economy extended-stay hotel east of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center off Pole Line Road West. The hotel was scheduled to open in February 2017, but has not yet broken ground.
Meanwhile, the future Marriott TownePlace Suites next to the Fairfield Inn & Suites has been moving forward through planning and zoning, and was originally planned to open in summer 2017.
Medical offices: St. Luke’s Magic Valley is moving quickly to get a new medical office building underway. The city is in the process of approving plans, Carraway-Johnson said.