SanTan Motorplex near the Loop 202 and Val Vista Drive in Gilbert is welcoming two newcomers.
Henry Brown Buick, Pontiac and GMC Truck will open Oct. 15. The 100,000-square-foot dealership takes up 12.5 acres at the main entrance of the motorplex.
Meanwhile, CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, broke ground on its 17-acre dealership and is slated to open in 2008.
SWEET TOMATOES PLANTED
Sweet Tomatoes is coming to the corner of Power and Ray roads in Gilbert.
The salad buffet-style restaurant will open in the spring of 2008.
The California-based chain, marking its 30th anniversary, operates about 100 Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants in the U.S., including seven in the Valley.
Schlotzsky’s will open 10 restaurants in the Valley, nearly doubling its presence over the next five years.
The company said the Valley, which has 13 Schlotzsky’s restaurants, is part of its national expansion plan calling for 50 new restaurants a year.
FRAME STORE IN MESA
Matàge, a custom framing shop, opened at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Southern roads in Mesa.
AUTOZONE COMING TO MESA
An AutoZone auto parts store is planned for the corner of Crismon and Guadalupe roads in Mesa.
SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN
Spirit, a seasonal retailer selling Halloween decorations and costumes, opened stores in the East Valley. They are:
• Spirit Tempe Marketplace at McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe.
• Spirit Tempe Costco Plaza near Hardy Drive and Elliot Road in Tempe.
• Spirit PetSmart near Southern Avenue and Longmore in Mesa.
• Spirit Chandler Fashion Center near Chandler Boulevard and the Loop 101 freeway.
• Spirit Gilbert Road near Gilbert Road and Southern Avenue in Mesa.
• Spirit East Valley Mall near Arizona Avenue and Warner Road in Chandler.
• Spirit Sun Valley on Main Street, east of Power Road in Mesa.
'TIS THE SEASON START FOR SPOOKY RETAILERS
You can tell it’s fall not by the weather but by the annual return of seasonal retailers.
Timely but temporary, Spirit stores have opened next to Home Depot at Scottsdale Pavilions, Indian Bend Road and Loop 101, and at Paradise Valley Mall in the former Macy’s building. Note that the Paradise Valley store is only accessible from inside the mall.
Mall regular Spencer Gifts is the parent of the Spirit chain, which revs up weeks before Halloween and will close the day after the big spook night. The stores sell everything Halloween from ghoulish decor to cute kiddie costumes.
Halloween is the sixth biggest holiday of the year for retailers and the second biggest decorating occasion, after December’s Christmas-Hanukkah hoopla.
Roka, an award-winning London-based Japanese cuisine restaurant, plans to debut its first U.S. location in January in Scottsdale. The eatery, now under construction, is preparing to serve up sashimi, sushi, salads and shochu at the northeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads. Shochu is a traditional Japanese spirit distilled from sweet potatoes, barely or rice.
There will be seating inside and outside, and 25 of the nearly 100 seats will surround the Robata Grill so diners can get a close-up view of the charcoal cooking technique used by Japanese fishermen, who cooked their catch on an open fire and served it on their oars.
Watch for more info about this first-in-the-nation concept as plans progress.
Expressions Custom Furniture in the Zócalló Furniture Plaza, 15507 N. Scottsdale Road, is going out of business as soon as all its merchandise has been sold. A liquidation sale is scheduled to begin Saturday. The store has marked down prices on its inventory of designer furniture, lamps and accessories, the owners said.
Customers who have outstanding orders will still receive their merchandise.
“I want to assure our clients with furniture on order that their furnishings will be delivered on time and as originally arranged through their Expressions’ designer,” said store owner Bob Rubenstein. “We are maintaining constant contact with our manufacturers, and our fine office staff will continue to handle orders until all deliveries are completed in our usual first-class style.”