Subway is coming to Johnson Ranch near Queen Creek.
The popular sandwich chain plans to start serving Oct. 1 at 270 E. Hunt Highway in the Bella Vista Center at Johnson Ranch.
Franchisee Stacey Koury, who worked for Subway Corp. for several years before opting to open her own stores, also has a 1-year-old Subway at Power and Queen Creek roads in Gilbert. And she plans to open a shop in early 2005 at Power and Chandler Heights roads on the Gilbert-Queen Creek border.
The Marble Slab Creamery at Gilbert Town Square, near the intersection of Gilbert and Warner roads, has finally opened.
Another version of the design-it-yourself ice cream shop concept planned for Dana Park, the upscale shopping center at Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road on the Mesa-Gilbert border, is still under construction.
Owner Jeanne Morris hopes to have the Dana Park shop open by early December.
A shortage of building materials — and construction workers delayed openings for both stores, Morris said.
Also adding to the shopping options at Gilbert Town Square is PerSpectacles Distinctive Eyewear Boutique & Optical Gallery. The shop had been hawking pricey eyeglasses for 10 years in Ahwatukee Foothills until it closed at the end of August to re-open a week ago in the larger quarters at 1040 S. Gilbert Road.
Besides adding a bigger optical lab, two optometrists and the elegant names on the frames, owner David Weinstein said he has taken on another designer line — Dolce & Gabbana — at the new store.
In the shop’s first few days of business in its new digs, about half the customers were from Ahwatukee Foothills, Weinstien said.
Paul Lee’s Chinese Kitchen, the long-awaited new venture for local restaurateur Paul Fleming, started cooking at 1368 N. Cooper Road in Gilbert just after Labor Day. Fleming’s first Asian eatery chain, PF Chang’s, has not made it to Gilbert yet.
The proposed upscale Gilbert shopping center on Pecos Road and Val Vista Drive planned by Kierland Commons developer Woodbine Southwest will be dubbed Main Street Commons. Kierland Commons is the reta il center on the Scottsdale-Phoenix border that has enticed high-end shops and high-end shoppers out of regional malls.
Woodbine Southwest president Buzz Gosnell said Main Street Commons’ design will pay tribute to Gilbert’s agricultural history.
It is planned as a mixed-use project, with 540,000 square feet of upscale retail and office space.
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