Sunflower Market, which recently opened its 45,000-square-foot flagship store in Gilbert, is expanding its first Valley store, at Miller and Camelback roads in Scottsdale.
The market will spill into the former Hi-Health space next door, adding about 10 percent more shopping area, said Bob Millsap, Sunflower’s area operations director.
The company will use the extra space to expand the wine selection and fresh produce offerings, and add "a fabulous spirits department comparable to the Gilbert and Tempe locations," Millsap said.
The Tempe Sunflower, at S outhern Avenue and McClintock Drive, is stocking up for an early May debut. It is modeled after the Gilbert store.
The next couple of Sunflowers will open in Tucson, Millsap said, but, "there are two or three more sites we’re interested in, and there could be more stores on the horizon for the East Valley."
• Here’s a handy new shop. Arizona’s first Island Ink Jet, opened a kiosk on the upper level Dillard’s wing at Fiesta Mall in Mesa. The store refills printer cartridges for about 60 percent of the price of a new cartridge.
• A couple of temporary tenants, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and H & R Block, have set up in Mesa’s Fiesta Mall through mid-April.
• Also at Fiesta Mall, construction continues on Gordon’s Jewelers and Whitehall Jewellers, which are trading places. Both plan to reopen by the first of May. Gordon’s is doing business in a temporary location mid-mall.
• A Sleep America store hopped across Scottsdale Road this week, from the Phoenix shopping center on the southwest corner of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard to the bustling Promenade center on the southeast corner — the Scottsdale side of the road. Sleep America took over the space that formerly housed the Mikasa store.
• The Safeway at Pinnacle Peak and Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale is undergoing renovations, mostly cosmetic, "to improve the customer experience," spokeswoman Kerry Luginbill said. Luginbill could not say how long the construction will take.
• At Scottsdale Fashion Square, two tenants are remodeling: Aveda and John Atencio.
• Just opened at Scottsdale 101, at the southwest intersection of Scottsdale Road and Loop 101: Abuelo’s, a Mexican eatery.
• New to Chandler Festival, on the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Loop-101: Bella Mani Nails, a manicure salon, and Deseret Book Co., a Mormon bookstore.
• At Paradise Valley Village Square II, the southwest corner of Tatum Boulevard and Cactus Road, Shape Express, a fitness center, is ready to build bodies.
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