The Chinese philosopher Laotzu said a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. So, with Laotzu as my travel buddy, I embark this week on an exciting journey as the Tribune’s new retail reporter by writing this, my first Retail Corridor column.
Every week, I’ll bring readers the latest news on stores, restaurants and consumer trends, among other things.
I’m also asking readers to accompany Laotzu and me by offering their feedback through the contact information at the end of this column. I welcome tips on new stores opening throughout the East Valley and old haunts that are closing.
With your help I will continue to bring news of the changes occurring throughout the East Valley and make this a fun and informative ride.
DEALS ON D-BACKS DUDS
Diamondbacks fans can get a 50 percent discount on merchandise at Chase Field’s Team Shop, 401 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. The sale, which lasts until the store is completely sold out, is intended to make room for next season’s merchandise, which will feature a new color scheme.
The store’s entire inventory is discounted except for autographed products and memorabilia.
Mesa will get a second Kohl’s department store today. The company said it will hire about 150 employees for the new store at 1632 S. Signal Butte Road.
Kohl’s Department Stores, which is based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., reported $13.4 billion in sales in 2005. The retailer sells everything from clothing and cosmetics to home appliances.
Max Muscle, a nutritional supplement and athletic apparel retailer, has opened a second store in Scottsdale at Hayden Road and McCormick Parkway.
The company said it’s also planning to open a third store in Scottsdale in 2007.
The new Scottsdale stores are part of a larger nationwide expansion that will bring the company to as many as 30 locations in Arizona and 500 throughout the nation. The company currently operates about 100 stores nationwide.
The chain, which was founded in 2003, is based in Anaheim, Calif.
HAYDEN PARK CROSSING
Hayden Park Crossing, a 140,275-square-foot shopping center at the southeast corner of Hayden Road and Thompson Peak Parkway in north Scottsdale, said it’s getting five new tenants: O’Donoghue’s pub, The Good Egg restaurant, Charles Schwab Investments, a dentist office and a Sprint store.
A 74,878-square-foot Fry’s Signature Supermarket, the center’s biggest tenant, opened in late 2005.
PIZZA BUSINESS TURNS 10
Scottsdale-based New York Pizza Dept., or NYPD, turns 10 years old on Monday.
The privately owned company was started on Oct. 9, 1996, at 880 E. Via Linda Drive in Scottsdale by Scott and Greg Ziegler, brothers from New York City.
The brothers, who relocated to Scottsdale from New York City that same year, have since opened eight other locations in the Valley.