Out with the old and in with the new, the saying goes.
In keeping with the tradition, a number of East Valley businesses are ushering in the new year by remodeling or razing their old digs.
The Albertsons supermarket at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Guadalupe roads in Gilbert will be remodeled, according to town documents.
Remodeling plans are also in the works for the former Osco drugstore at Broadway and Higley roads in Mesa. City documents show the owners want to convert the structure into a multi-tenant center. Plans also call for an auto repair store on the site.
Meanwhile, Mesa officials are reviewing plans to raze and rebuild Spotless Carwash on McKellips Road, just east of Lindsay Road.
Finally, the Circle K at Southern Avenue and Dobson Road in Mesa may be leveled to make way for a reconstructed store.
A bank for everyone
If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2008 is to save money, a slew of planned banks in the East Valley will undoubtedly like to help.
A Comercia Bank is in the works at the southwest corner of SanTan Village Parkway and Williams Field Road in Gilbert.
Meanwhile an unnamed bank will soon be working its way through the town’s approval process to open at The Reserve at Santan center at the southeast corner of Gilbert and Germann roads in Gilbert.
Finally, a Choice Bank is planned for Crismon Road, just south of U.S. 60 in Mesa.
Mesa’s Design Review Board reviewed a number of noteworthy projects on Wednesday.
Among them were plans for a Residence Inn on Hampton Avenue, east of Crismon Road in Mesa. The six-story lodging facility will be among the first moderate-range hotels built in the city in about a decade.
Officials also reviewed the design on a new Berge Dodge dealership at Superstition Springs Auto Mall, which is north of U.S. 60 and west of Power Road in Mesa.
It’s unclear when the dealership will open.
Tempe may add Lowe’s
Plans for the decades-old Earnhardt Ford dealership in Tempe recently emerged. City officials said a Lowe’s home improvement store may be the new occupant of the site at Baseline and Rural roads.
Representatives of Earnhardt Auto Centers announced the dealership’s intention to vacate the property last year.
The owners of Giovanni’s Little Italy restaurant in Gilbert began serving food to diners wanting a taste of old Italia. The eatery recently opened its doors on Gilbert Road, south of Houston Avenue.
Retail center proposed
Developers are proposing a small, unnamed retail center at the southeast corner of Lindsay and Guadalupe roads in Gilbert. The project has yet to win the town’s approval, but plans call for 3.63 acres of stores.