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Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:15 pm | Updated: 9:53 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

If you think pizza is unhealthy, you likely haven't heard of Pizza Fusion.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based pizzeria chain, which will soon open its first Arizona restaurant in Mesa, not only uses organic ingredients, but it also has vegan and gluten-free menu options.

The company, founded in 2006, also caters to lactose intolerant clients with lactose-free menu options and those with autism by offering casein-free food.

Eric Haley, a company spokesman, said all Pizza Fusion buildings are LEED-certified - which minimizes harm to the environment - and pizzas are delivered using hybrid vehicles by employees wearing organic cotton uniforms.

The company, which plans to open 10 to 15 locations in the Valley over the next three years also serves sandwiches, wraps, salads, deserts and wine.

Pizza Fusion is scheduled to open its Mesa restaurant sometime in Octobert on McKellips Road, west of Recker Road.

FAO SCHWARZ OPENING

The first and biggest Arizona FAO Schwarz store inside a Macy's plans to debut Sept. 10 in Scottsdale Fashion Square - a few dozen yards from where the New York-based toy store closed its only Arizona shop seven years ago.

Macy's also plans to open smaller FAO Schwarz stores in Biltmore Fashion Park, Chandler Fashion Center, Arrowhead Mall in the West Valley and Tucson.

Those additional locations, which will be about a quarter of the size of the 1,000-square-foot store-within-a-store planned for Fashion Square, are expected to open in October.

FRESH & EASY EXPANDS

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market will open new locations on Sept. 10 in Mesa, Chandler and Tempe.

The stores are planned at Dobson Road and Queen Creek in Chandler; Gilbert Road and Southern Avenue in Mesa; and Baseline and Kyrene roads in Tempe.

The company's Web site shows 21 stores opening in the Valley with 16 more in the works.

HIRE A HANDYMAN

Face it - you're no Bob Vila, so a company looking to expand in the Valley wants to sell their services to you.

Mr. Handyman, a home repair and maintenance service, will open six locations in the metro area by 2010.

The Michigan-based company said it's seeking franchise operators in Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert and Chandler. The company already operates in Scottsdale and Glendale.

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