Multiple commercial projects coming to Peoria

Press release provided by Harkins Theatres / Mark Boisclair
Originally published February 2, 2022

Scottsdale-based Harkins Theatres is looking to open another new location in the West Valley.

Big projects are on their way to Peoria, the fast-growing suburb just northwest of Phoenix.

The city has had several developments in the works over the past couple of years and dirt is finally moving at several sites that will result in new industrial buildings and other mixed-use projects including retail and office components.

Missouri-based VanTrust Real Estate is developing a 154,000-square-foot distribution center for Plano, Texas-based Frito Lay within the Peoria Logistics Park. The new facility is expected to employ about 100 to 150 people, according to the city.

Site plans say the facility will also have a future 40,000-square-foot expansion on the nearly 20-acre property, which is located on the southwest corner of 75th Avenue and Golden Lane near U.S. Route 60. It’s also in a proposed industrial and residential park comprised of nearly 350 acres that the city hopes will bring new jobs to the area.

“Some of our sites were tied up with people who weren’t actively marketing or actively trying to develop, so that kind of hamstrung us a little bit,” said David Valenzuela, chief business attraction officer for the city. “Once VanTrust entered into partnership with the Rovey [family], VanTrust has worked extremely quickly on RFPs to some brokers — that resulted in Frito Lay.”

In addition to Frito Lay’s new facility, Valenzuela said some small-to-medium sized speculative industrial buildings are planned for the area. A new site plan is currently under review for a 92,600-square-foot industrial facility and two multitenant office and warehouse buildings within the Empire Business Park, which is located near 91st and Grand avenues, according to the city.

New movie theater

On the retail side, a new dine-in movie theater and mixed-use project are also coming to Peoria. Scottsdale-based Harkins Theatres is currently building a 43,000-square-foot dine-in movie theater at the Lake Pleasant Towne Center. The theater will open in a space formerly occupied by Sports Chalet and include nine screens, according to the city.

“A lot of projects that were coming down the pipe, such as Harkins, had to wait obviously for pandemic conditions to change, but they always believed in that market for their product. They waited for the right moment and we’re there,” Valenzuela said.

Within the Peoria Sports Complex, the city is also working on a major plan amendment for a new mixed-use project called Stadium Point, which will be comprised of 500,000 square feet of class A office space with two buildings, two apartment or condo facilities, associated retail and a business-class hotel, the city said. This project will add to the limited available office space in the West Valley.

“That’s on track, which is a tremendous project at the sports complex,” said Jennifer Stein, interim economic development director for Peoria. “There’s a lot of momentum and activity and from an economic development standpoint, we’ve been working really hard with various partners and collaboration to bring additional amenities and assets to the community.”

‘Huge growth’

Zachary Pace, senior vice president with Phoenix Commercial Advisors, said the connection of Happy Valley Road with the Loop 303 and Interstate 17 has opened up the northwest Valley.

“There’s a huge amount of growth occurring up in this part of the Valley, both in the single family residential side and the multifamily side, which is driving retailers and restaurant sales,” said Pace. “You’ve got this pocket of wealth and density and growth in an area with serious demand and I don’t think enough services and retail services, and that’s why we’re seeing a lot of retailers and restaurants do well up there.”

Other commercial projects include The Trailhead, a proposed commercial shopping center with a Safeway as the anchor, restaurants and a multifamily project at the northeast corner of 83rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road, which has been in the works for years but has been under review by the city in recent months.

Meanwhile, Phoenix-based shopping center owner and manager Vestar is also planning to build a 90,000-square-foot shopping center called The Shops at Lake Pleasant, which will be located adjacent to another Vestar property, Lake Pleasant Towne Center, located near Happy Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway. Tenants for the projects have yet to be announced.

Audrey Jensen
Reporter
Phoenix Business Journal

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Nike Unite Coming Soon to Desert Ridge Marketplace

Nike Unite will open this fall at Desert Ridge Marketplace in the District near Copper Blues Live and Dave & Buster’s.  Nike brings inspiration and innovation to every athlete. Experience sports, training, shopping, and everything else that’s new at Nike in men’s, women’s and kids apparel and footwear.

The 13,602 square-foot retailer joins Desert Ridge Marketplace’s premier shopping and dining lineup with H&M, Pink by Victoria’s Secret, AMC Theatres, Homegoods, Barnes & Noble, Target, Ulta, Barrio Queen, Dave and Buster’s, Old Navy, Flower Child, Thirsty Lion and The Whining Pig Beer & Wine Bar.  Conveniently located in Phoenix, Arizona just north of Loop 101 on Tatum Boulevard.

Etta to Debut this Fall at Scottsdale Quarter

The Team Behind Maple& Ash Set to Open Second Scottsdale Restaurant

etta, a neighborhood-style restaurant known for its wood-fired dishes and led by two-time Michelin-starred Chef Danny Grant is coming to Scottsdale Quarter in Fall 2021. Located at Scottsdale Quarter in the former BRIO location, etta will be the second concept in Scottsdale from hospitality group What If Syndicate, following the success of their steakhouse Maple & Ash. The single-story restaurant will feature an outdoor patio and an indoor trellis, which will create a garden-like atmosphere.

What If Syndicate is a national restaurant group led by two-time Michelin-starred Chef Danny Grant. They have two etta locations in the Chicago area and is working to expand the concept across the country. It has signed leases in Dallas, Houston, Culver City and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Bryan Babits and Brian Gausden represented etta and Charles Skaggs and Chris Speciale of Western Retail Advisors represented the landlord in the transaction.

Medtail Clients at Western Retail Advisors

Where you once would go to a medical office building to visit your doctor, you can now find your local dentist, physical therapist, or acupuncturist popping up at your neighborhood-anchored retail center. This new concept coined “Medtail” where retail meets medical, is quickly popping up in retail centers across the U.S.  Now more than ever, medical and wellness facilities have sought new environments and are moving towards mixed-use retail formats. Consumers seek convenience as a top priority, and health and wellness are the cornerstones of this trend.

 

Many of our medical and wellness clients prefer the retail environment, as it creates a fun, inviting atmosphere where people traditionally thinking of going to the doctor as an unwelcomed visit that often feels sterile and cold.

 

At Western Retail Advisors, we are excited about this growing trend, and enjoy seeing these new tenants enhance the customer experience and diversify the retail mix. To learn more about Medtail, and see if it’s a fit for your business, reach out to us at 602.778.3747.

Sephora Coming Soon to Tempe Marketplace

ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL THINGS BEAUTY

Sephora is an innovative destination to discover the latest and greatest from the beauty industry. Since its debut in North America more than 20 years ago, Sephora has been a leader in creating an inviting atmosphere for shoppers – all while fearlessly inspiring their surrounding communities. Shoppers can find aisles of uniquely curated, trendsetting and best-selling makeup, skincare, fragrance and nail care items – displayed on an open-shelf environment. This 5,500 square-foot retailer will be located in The District near Bath & Body Works and Forever 21.

Sephora joins Tempe Marketplace’s unlimited shopping and dining lineup with Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Barnes and Noble, Ulta, Bar Louie, Barrio Queen, Dave and Buster’s, Best Buy, Harkins Theatres, Old Navy, The Keg Steakhouse, Target, King’s Fish House, Victoria’s Secret and more..

Costco’s opening in Surprise was long-time coming

When you want something bad enough, sometimes driving to another state to get it is worth it.

That was the thinking of Las Vegas-resident Steve Jones, who had been eying a golf cart caddy guided by GPS that follows golfers around the course and carries the clubs.

He wanted it so bad, in fact, he and two friends decided to drive four hours to Surprise to get one after a Costco worker in Vegas told him that’s where he had to go.

“That’s a Christmas present to myself,” Mr. Jones said. “You literally don’t have to push [anything].”

The trio was among hundreds of shoppers who showed up early Sept. 24 for the grand opening of the Costco in Surprise on the southwest corner of Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue.

The men decided to make the trip the night before the store opened, and even stole a few hours of sleep where they could. One took a nap on a flatbed cart in front of the store as workers put on the finishing touches inside.

“This is an amazing lounger,” Mr. Jones joked. “They could sell these. It’s orthopedic.”

As soon as the doors opened a half-hour earlier than planned, Mr. Jones raced right for the golf caddy. Luckily for him, the store had five.

Within minutes he was through the checkout line with his new toy — along with a few Clorox wipes, which are important in an era of COVID-19.

The three men had such a good time they plan to drive to Meridian, Idaho, in mid-October for another Costco opening.

The joy the men felt was apparent in the crowd that wrapped around the building in the hours before it was set to open.

Goodyear resident Julie Garcia said she wanted to be part of that “excitement,” so she took the day off work from her homeowners association management job and showed up at 2:30 a.m.

Only she wasn’t sure she was supposed to be there because nobody was waiting already.

“I was thinking they were going to call the cops on me when I pulled up and there was no one else here,” she joked. “I thought there’d be some people spending the night.”

Ms. Garcia and hundreds others didn’t seem to mind the requirements to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Despite COVID-19 concerns, personal safety didn’t seem to be on the minds of some.

“I’m not worried,” said Darlene DeMattei, who waited a little more than an hour with Cheryl Maeder, both residents of Happy Trails. “Everybody is wearing masks.”

Ms. Maeder called it fun to be at a grand opening.

“I just want to see what they have,” she said. “Everything is going to be new. Not every store has the same stuff.”

Ms. DeMattei said she’ll be happy to not have to make the longer drive to the Arrowhead Costco even though her granddaughter recently began working there.

“Going all the way to Arrowhead and the other one [in Avondale] is terrible,” Ms. DeMattei said.

Both women said they buy their phones and eyeglasses exclusively at Costco.

It took Anna Demarbiex “eight or nine minutes,” she said, to drive from her Goodyear home to the new store.

Ms. Demarbiex and her son were on the prowl for a 75-inch Samsung TV, which they said was sold out at the Avondale Costco.

“They might have something other Costcos might not have like seasonal stuff,” Ms. Demarbiex said.

Sun City resident Terry Linkous arrived at 6:45 a.m., about 45 minutes before doors opened. He said he wanted to go “just for the excitement of it.”

“It’s fun to see everything stacked to the hilt,” Mr. Linkous said. “Everybody was really friendly in there and said hello.”

He said he’ll take pride driving by the store in the future knowing he was one of the first customers inside.

So will Ariel Nieves, who arrived at a quarter before 4 in the morning.

“I just wanted to be part of the fun,” Mr. Nieves said.

He said he stops by a Costco everywhere he travels, including other states. Now, he has only a nine-minute drive, not like the 30- to 45-minute drives he experienced before.

“Costco provides value, and there’s always something new to come and see,” Mr. Nieves said.

Long-time coming
Surprise residents have been aching for Costco for years, even though another shopping club store, Sam’s Club, has been in Surprise for a decade.

Costco has been among the top of residents’ wish list since the city began conducting retail surveys a few years ago. It was No. 1 in 2015 and 2017 but was taken out of the 2019 survey because the city was aware Costco was already desired.

Mayor Skip Hall and store general manager Jennifer Welker cut the entrance ribbon at 7:30 a.m., and the store allowed customers in a half-hour earlier than planned.

That’s partly because the line of people waiting stretched into the morning sun all the way around the building.

“This is long-awaited and greatly anticipated,” a masked, but clearly smiling Mr. Hall said as shoppers poured into the entrance.

Community Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic and her staff kept the pressure on Costco for years to consider Surprise. They went so far as to throw Costco virtual birthday parties every year, complete with a cake from Costco.

“Their tenacity worked,” Ms. Welker said with a laugh.

An emotionally touched Ms. Jerkovic fought back tears as she watched the first hundred customers walk into the store.

“It’s exciting to make people feel that the city listens to them,” she said. “I’m so excited to see the community so happy.”

Ms. Jerkovic talked about the outreach her team did to remind Costco Surprise is a growing, thriving market.

“Our community has changed so much,” Ms. Jerkovic said. “We were only about 30,000 people in 2000. So if you touched our community five years ago, you’re not touching the same community. It was really important to make sure that they had a fresh image of who we are, and that we made sense.”

Ms. Jerkovic said Costco’s arrival is ready to spark a series of developments in the area she said will make it a “shopping destination for the northwest Valley.” She said Surprise expects to draw in more business from residents in Buckeye, Wickenburg and north Peoria as the developments come.

“We’re working on a number of entertainment destination amenities and additional restaurants and shopping,” Ms. Jerkovic said.

Mr. Hall said Costco’s opening is symbolic of the growth of the entire Prasada area that’s about to come.

Whataburger and Starbucks are likely tenants next to Costco, and other unannounced projects are in the works.

“There’s already letters of intent and all kinds of stuff going on around Costco right now,” Mr. Hall said. “This is what you’d call an anchor. We’re excited about all the multiple effects this store is going to have economic development-wise.”

Ms. Welker said Costco sees “extreme growth potential in this community.”

“Now is a good time,” Ms. Welker said. “Surprise has growth that is established. We just love our communities that we come into. Everybody is so embracing and phenomenal.”

Employment hub
Between 280 and 300 employees will be working at the Surprise store — a good number of them comprised of workers at the Christown Mall Costco that closed a week prior.

Ms. Welker, who was that store’s general manager for 5-1/2 years, hired 53 seasonal workers mostly from Surprise, and she said some employees from the Phoenix store now reside in Surprise to be closer to work.

“It was important for us to hire from the community,” Ms. Welker said.

The 152,000-square-foot warehouse has a parking lot that can accommodate about 800 vehicles.

The store includes a fuel station that opened Aug. 6 with 24 pumps and capacity to add eight more pumps if needed.

Other features include a tire station with four to five bays, a pharmacy, outdoor food court, bakery, optical center and a photo center.

The store can hold more than 2,000 people, but it has settled on 800 for its current capacity because of social distancing.

The greeter at the front uses a clicker to count people as they come in.

“Once we reach 800 people, it’s one in, one out,” Ms. Welker said.

The store will provide free masks for customers who don’t have one. And like the chain’s other stores, it provides wipes at the door and regularly sanitizes its carts and registers.

The times when traffic is at its busiest — likely the first few weekends, Ms. Welker said — customers will have to wait outside the building six feet apart.

While waiting, however, customers will be able to sign up for memberships outside.

“We might have some capacity issues every day,” Ms. Welker said. “It just kind of depends. We’re expecting an extremely busy weekend.”

As a desired new store, Ms. Welker said it may take a week or so for the crowds to level off.

Costco has 795 stores — 552 in U.S. and Puerto Rico — across 12 countries.

The Surprise location is the 17th in Arizona, replacing the one at Christown Mall.

Costco currently has 12 Valley locations, with the closest ones to Surprise in Glendale and Goodyear. The Glendale location at 17550 N. 79th Ave. is nearly nine miles from the Surprise City Hall. The Surprise location is about four miles from City Hall.

There’s also a location in Avondale near 99th Avenue and McDowell Road.

Lisa Tade, regional marketing manager for Costco, said the company opens between 15 and 20 stores a year.

But a new one hasn’t opened in the Phoenix area since one in Paradise Valley in 2009.

Costco has a couple of membership options. The cheapest one is $60 for the gold star level membership. For double that, a shopper can upgrade to gold star executive for 2% annual cashback and other perks.

The company is offering a special for a $20 Costco Shop Card with the purchase of executive membership. New gold star and business members will receive a $10 card.

That deal runs through Sunday, Nov. 29, by using the promo code “NEWOPEN” at costco.com.

The store opens daily at 10 a.m., except Saturdays (9:30 a.m.).

On weekdays, there will also be a “senior hour,” where shoppers 60 and older can get in before the general public. That begins at 9 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.

 

Editor’s Note: Jason Stone can be reached at jstone@newszap.com.

Phoenix Accepting Grant Applications to Help Small Businesses!

The City of Phoenix is amplifying its efforts to get the word out about an assistance program it has created through CARES Act funding. The Phoenix City Council established a $6 million fund to help impacted commercial customers with properties in the city limits in paying city services bills, chiefly water and sewer charges.

The program is not limited to “small business” clients – any established Phoenix commercial account that can demonstrate a COVID-19 economic impact and meet certain program criteria is eligible. The program sunsets on December 31, 2020.

There are grants available for Phoenix businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for details.

  • Small Business Relief Grant awards up to $10k to small businesses experiencing economic distress and sudden loss of revenue. More info.
  • Microbusiness Resiliency Grant awards up to $5k for solo practitioners, entrepreneurs, and microbusiness of fewer than 5 employees. More info.

The City of Phoenix has opened up the Commercial City Services Bill Relief Grant. Phoenix businesses affected by COVID-19 that have a commercial City Services account may be eligible for financial assistance with water and sewer expenses. For assistance with this grant, please call (602) 262-6251. Apply here.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Operating in Phoenix since January 1, 2019.
  • Gross sales declined as a result of COVID-19 since March, 2020 compared to 2019.
  • Must have a commercial City Services account that was current prior to March 1, 2020.
  • Provide financial data verifying the economic hardships suffered as a result of COVID-19.

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Ultimate Moviegoing is Back! All Arizona Theatres Added to Reopening

Harkins Theatres Welcome Guests Back to the Magic of the Movies beginning on August 28

Contact: Jessica Reeves – jessicareeves@harkins.com, 480.627.7777 x117

Scottsdale, AZ, August 25, 2020 – Harkins Theatres, Arizona’s homegrown movie theatre company is thrilled to welcome guests back to the Ultimate Moviegoing experience beginning this Friday, August 28 at all Arizona theatres. Opening weekend will include exciting new films like Marvel’s The New Mutants, Unhinged with Russell Crowe and the 10th Anniversary rerelease of Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film, Inception. Harkins will also bring back some recent films whose time in theatre were cut short, along with some favorite classic movies specially priced at $5.

And as a special bonus, Warner Brothers’ much-anticipated Tenet will open with special early access screenings beginning Monday, August 31.

“There is no question that this has been the most difficult time in my 50 plus years in the business. I am so excited and so appreciative of our incredible team and tremendously loyal guests that have continued to support us through this challenging time,” said Dan Harkins, Owner of Harkins Theatres. “I will be there opening night and cannot wait to welcome everyone back to the movies!” said Harkins.

“In trying times, people have always looked to us to escape for just a few hours of solace and to immerse themselves in another world,” said Mike Bowers, President and CEO of Harkins Theatres. “After nearly six months, we are so happy and deeply grateful to our team and our valued guests for the opportunity to carefully begin our return to deliver on this mission again,” said Bowers.

Harkins reopening will come with the highest standard of health and safety protocols. Utilizing resources from public health officials, medical experts, industry partners, and local authorities, Harkins safety protocols will meet or exceed uniform guidance from the CDC, governmental health authorities, and the National Association of Theatre Owners so that guests can sit back, relax, and get lost in the magic of the movies.

Some of the new Harkins moviegoing safety protocols include:

  •  Face coverings required for the Harkins team and for guests (except while eating/drinking in seats)
    •  If a guest does not have a face covering, one will be available at the theatre
    • Guests that do not want to wear a face covering will be asked to wait and return to the movies when governmental public health mandates have relaxed
  •  Added cleaning staff and further enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures throughout the theatre and all touchpoints
  • Daily health checks for team members
  • Social distancing required throughout the entire theatre environment
  • Reserved seating in all theatres
  • Reduced and socially distant seating between every pair of seats
  • Staggered showtimes to reduce the number of guests in the lobby
  • Safety shields at all guest interaction points
  • Harkins Loyalty Cups will be refilled utilizing a new paper cup (all other refills on paper drink and popcorn containers will be discontinued until further notice)
  • Increased fresh air, hospital-grade MERV 13 air filters, and HEPA filtered vacuums will be used in all auditoriums
  • Sanitizer stations conveniently available throughout the theatre

For more information about Harkins reopening plans and to purchase tickets, please visit Harkins.com.
Harkins Theatres meets or exceeds the National Association of Theatre Owner’s CinemaSafe health and safety protocols. For more information visit cinemasafe.org.

About Harkins Theatres:
Celebrating 87 years of Ultimate Moviegoing®, Harkins Theatres is the premier movie exhibitor of the Western U.S. and the largest independently owned theatre company in the country. Founded by showman, inventor and community leader Dwight
“Red” Harkins in 1933, Harkins Theatres operates over 500 screens and is renowned for its commitment and passion for providing the Ultimate Moviegoing® experience. Harkins Theatres is known as a trailblazer for advancements in the motion picture exhibition industry with amenities such as: the Ciné Capri, CINÉ1®, CINÉ1XL, pristine state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, curved wall-to-wall screens, in-lobby bars, Ultimate Lounger™ leather reclining seats, Plush Ultimate Rocker® loveseats, Loyalty Cups, in-lobby children’s PlayCenters, and an expanded selection of gourmet concessions. For more history, awards, and other information, visit Harkins.com.

Demand Action

#SaveYourCinema-

The COVID-19 pandemic has put movie theaters across the country at risk of going dark for good. From small independent screens to nationwide exhibitors, our local theaters employ over 150,000 people and have formed a cornerstone of the American experience for generations. Without swift action from Congress our favorite theaters could close forever, depriving audiences of the magic of movies for years to come.

How To Help-

Together, we can urge Congress to keep movie theaters alive until they can fully reopen. Fill out the form letter at www.saveyourcinema.com to tell your legislators that you demand action to save local movie theaters now.

The National Association of Theatre Owners represents over 35,000 movie screens in all 50 states. The moviegoing experience is at the heart of everything we do as we work with lawmakers and film distributors to protect, innovate, and improve the movie theater experience for audiences everywhere.