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Retail Corridor: Wal-Mart Supercenter makes its debut in Gilbert

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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2005 5:54 am | Updated: 8:49 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

In case you missed it, the East Valley’s newest Wal-Mart Supercenter opened Wednesday at 2501 S. Market Street in Gilbert.

The 206,609-square-foot store has 18 full-service, six express and eight self checkout lanes, a Tire & Lube Express, vision center, onehour photo lab, portrait studio, pharmacy, Smart Style hair salon and snack bar. It also houses a Desert Schools Credit Union branch and a Crown Mailing Center for postal and packaging needs.


Also just opened this week, Mind Over Splatter at 64 S. San Marcos Place in downtown Chandler.

It’s a paint your own pottery and make your own mosaic masterpiece shop. Besides those who just stop in for a personal creative break, the shop stages parties and offers regular Saturday night specials, where a couple can get a two-for-one break on the sitting fee.

The New Old West Gallery recently debuted at 2260 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction.

Susan and Jeff Laing opened the place to showcase sculptor Jeff ’s works and those of 10 other artist-friends. Art works for sale range from stainless steel sculptures to paintings, ceramics, furniture and even candles.


Curves at 350 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe is moving Monday to new quarters on the southeast corner of Hardy and University drives. Owner Cynthia Gross said the new spot will be easier to find for new customers and easier access and parking for everyone.

Curves will share a parking lot with a recently opened drive-through Starbucks.


Venerable German jewelry maker Niessing opened its first U.S. store at Scottsdale Fashion Square in February 2002. But the store moved out of its specially designed mall spacein July. The shop owners, though, promised they would be back.

Duo debuts today on the upper level of the Dillard’s wing.

The name change is because the new store will carry the wares of six or seven international jewelry designers, including Niessing.


Phoenix-based mall developer Westcor will take over management of Kierland Commons, the upscale shopping center at Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway. The change should happen "any day," said Woodbine Southwest president Buzz Gosnell.

Westcor parent Macerich bought a part interest in the open-air retail center, which was developed by and managed by Woodbine on land owned by the Herbergers. Customers of the hugely popular shopping center shouldn’t see a difference with the management change, Gosnell said.

If you have a new shop to tell us about or you see activity at a retail location and are wondering what’s happening, let us know.

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