The OfficeMax at Fiesta Village in Mesa is closing Saturday. The office supply retailer is one of two business remaining in the main part of the 15-acre shopping center at the northwest corner of Alma School Road and Southern Avenue.
City officials have said the developer, W.M. Grace Development Co., took out a line of financing on the property in the 1990s and the center will likely sit unused for up to a year so the company can avoid pre-payment penalties.
Clothing retailer K-Momo, will remain in the main part of the center. Several pads, which W.M. Grace Development doesn’t own, on the outer part of the center are occupied.
Robeks Juice, a Californiabased seller of fruit smoothies and healthy grab-and-go food, is planning a major expansion in the state. Kevin Jackson, regional director for the company, said the company is opening four stores throughout the Valley this year, but hopes to increase its presence by 30 locations over the next four years.
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Company is boosting its rate of growth here.
Ilaria A. Giansanti, development manager in the company’s Phoenix regional office, said the specialty coffee retailer is increasing its store openings from about 20 a year to as many as 30 a year.
Arizona Mills in Tempe got a new Gymboree Outlet and Lady Footlocker.
Gymboree, an apparel retailer for children, opened a nearly 2,000 square-foot store in the section of Arizona Mills known as neighborhood four. Lady Footlocker, a retailer of footwear for women, opened a nearly 3,000 square-foot store in neighborhood two.
Mall owners also said several retailers are conducting renovations on their stores including Guess?, a designer clothing store that is transitioning to a company concept store called “G.”
The new store will open in May at its current location in neighborhood three.
Sketchers USA, a shoe retailer, will reopen in a larger store in neighbourhood two around the same time.
Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen completed a $1 million remodel of its Tempe restaurant, Macayo’s Depot Cantina.
The approximately 60-yearold Phoenix-based restaurant company has 17 locations and is owned by the descendents of founders Woody and Victoria Johnson.
Upgrades to the Tempe eatery include new paint, furniture, 15 televisions and a partially covered patio.