About half of the 50-plus stores and restaurants planned for High Street at CityNorth opened Thursday.
The Kierland Commons-like shopping center at 56th Street and Deer Valley Drive in northeast Phoenix features familiar favorites like Chico’s and Kona Grill and some new-to-the-Valley boutiques and eateries.
But CityNorth’s most interesting retail debut may be the Pioneer Electronics store.
It’s only the second U.S. store for the high-end electronics brand. The first is at tony South Coast Plaza in Orange County, Calif.
The 3,200-square-foot CityNorth version showcases Pioneer’s state-of-the-art home entertainment products, many of them set up in vignettes featuring different themes and technologies.
And to demonstrate auto sound systems, the Pioneer store features a tricked-out Scion xD demo car.
If you are wondering what happened to the Best Buy at Scottsdale Pavilions, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, the big-box electronics store moved three freeway stops north to Scottsdale Fiesta, the Home Depot-anchored shopping center on the southeast corner of Loop 101 and Shea Boulevard.
The grand opening is slated for Saturday, but the store snuck open a few days ago.
Just days after rival Circuit City, which already started clearance sales at its Scottsdale Pavilions store, said it is going out of business, Best Buy reported the worst financial performance in its 42-year history.
Retail experts are expecting super deals from both electronics superstores as the holiday season looms.
In fact, one lucky local shopper will win a chance to enter a Mesa Best Buy at 4:30 a.m. — a half-hour ahead of the crowd — on the day after Thanksgiving with a $1,000 gift certificate in hand.
And even though the only Valley Best Buy participating in the nationwide contest is in Mesa, a Scottsdale winner wouldn’t be faced with a bleary-eyed drive to the store.
The winner and three guests will be whisked to the Fiesta Mall-area Best Buy via limo, given a camcorder to memorialize the event, and will shop doorbusters at leisure before the typical Black Friday madness begins.
Anyone can enter the online essay contest.
Details are at
Contest entries have to be submitted by Tuesday, so don’t dawdle if you want a chance at snagging the early morning electronics shopping spree.