When 2020 finally came to an end, we celebrated thinking that things could only get better from here. Unfortunately, the clock striking 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2021 didn't magically make everything better. 

It became clear to too many local businesses that they would never financially recover from the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns and mandates that either forced them to close their doors for an extended period of time or radically change their business model to meet standards that were just too expensive to uphold.

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As the pandemic rages on, those who managed to stay open and are trying to claw back are struggling to fill positions they urgently need filled to provide a level of customer service they're proud of. With COVID-19 cases surging in the Treasure Valley again, it's becoming even more difficult to do so.

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We wish there was a magic wand we could wave to make things easier for local business owners so that they don't find themselves on this list of businesses we've lost since March 2020.

Some of the businesses on this list were already struggling or choosing to exit the market before the pandemic hit. We're not saying all of them closed due to COVID, just that they closed in the past 17 months.

38 Treasure Valley Businesses We've Lost Since March 2020

While many of these closures were pandemic related, some of these businesses were struggling before being forced to shut down during Idaho's "Stay Home Order." Several of the vacant store fronts have already found new tenants, while others are still vacant.

30 Restaurants Have Opened in the Boise Area Since the Beginning of Pandemic

Opening during a worldwide pandemic that was exceptionally tough for the restaurant industry takes guts. These restaurant owners took the chance and opened their doors since March 2020.

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