Biz Buzz: 38-year-old eye clinic in Idaho Falls moving to new location
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Growth prompts relocation of local eye clinic
IDAHO FALLS – Idaho Eye and Laser Center on 17th Street in Idaho Falls will be moving to a new location in Snake River Landing next year.
The design phase for a new 25,000-square-foot building is underway on a 3.2-acre parcel, according to a news release, which the company purchased earlier this year.
Construction will begin soon and is slated for completion in the spring.
“We are proud to be the newest entity within the Snake River Landing Complex, and (we’re) excited for the new facility and architecture we will be putting in place to serve our current and new patrons for many years to come,” Craig Bates, the clinic’s director, says in the news release.
The Idaho Eye Center will be the first of its kind within the mixed-use development. The two-story building will be a “state-of-the-art” facility with full medical and surgical suites.
There will also be space to allow for new technologies and capabilities as they become available.
“A new technologically advanced LASIK Suite will be incorporated (for the region’s) only ‘on-site fixed laser’ center,” the news release says.
The number of employees will also be increasing at the new location from 82 to more than 100.
The Idaho Eye and Laser Center began operation in 1984 with the goal of providing “the most progressive ophthalmic treatment and surgical procedures” in the area.
Growth is the main reason behind the new clinic, which serves clients throughout Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Bates says it’s outgrown the current space.
With 40 different businesses inside Snake River Landing, ranging from restaurants and retailers to office space, Bates felt this particular spot was an ideal location, and he’s thrilled at the idea of being right next to Ball Ventures.
“The people at Ball Ventures are amazing people, very non-pressure and always striving to meet our needs,” says Bates. “We … look forward to our new relationship with Ball Ventures and are excited to be part of this amazing complex known as Snake River Landing.”
Eric Isom, chief development officer of Ball Ventures, praises Idaho Eye Center’s “proven track record of success” in the community and is equally excited about welcoming a “well-established business” to Snake River Landing.
“I have no doubt that the new Idaho Eye and Laser Center facility will allow that success to grow and add to the opportunities available at Snake River Landing,” Isom says.
A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration will likely occur with the building’s completion. Additional details will be provided as the date gets closer.