Residents surrounding the planned Mountain Vista Marketplace at Signal Butte Road and U.S. 60 may be disappointed to learn construction on a planned SuperTarget store there has been put on hold.
Anna Goeppinger, a Target spokeswoman, said in a written statement that the company decided to delay the planned construction to open "in alignment with a complete shopping center."
"We remain committed to serving this community further; however, at this time it would be premature to discuss timing for any specific plans," she said.
Construction on the 114-acre residential and retail development in east Mesa started in February, and the center's first stores are to open by spring 2009. The project is roughly the same size as the Tempe Marketplace at McClintock Drive and Red Mountain Freeway stretch of Loop 202.
So far, the tenant list for Mountain Vista includes SuperTarget, Marshalls, Petco, Dick's Sporting Goods, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant, Bank of America and Shoe Carnival. The center will also include 384 luxury apartments and two well-known hotels, which project developers have not revealed.
Dutch Bros. in Mesa
Dutch Bros. Coffee Co. is planning its second East Valley location after recently entering the state by opening a store near Arizona State University.
The company has a plan under consideration by Mesa's Design Review Board for a shop on the northwest corner of Gilbert and McKellips roads.
But don't expect lavish digs with oversized couches, jazz music and tables for long hours of studying or reading. The tiny coffee bar will consist of only 450 square feet of space and a drive-through area.
Dutch Bros. operates in the western United States, but only recently entered Arizona with a store on Rural Road between University Drive and Apache Boulevard. While Oregon has the most Dutch Bros. locations, the company also has outlets in California, Washington, Idaho and Nevada.
Wal-Mart announced this week it has stopped stocking and selling powdered laundry detergents in its U.S. stores.
The retail giant said it will sell only concentrated liquid laundry detergents requiring less packaging and using less water in manufacturing.
Wal-Mart, which sells a lot of detergent, said within three years of selling only liquid concentrates, the environmental savings will include more than 400 million gallons of water, 95 million pounds of plastic resin and 125 million pounds of cardboard.