May 5, 2005
Three west Mesa auto dealerships are moving from Broadway Road to a Chandler auto mall being developed by the same people behind Riverview at Dobson.
A Maricopa County Recorder’s Office document posted Wednesday shows Honda Cars of Mesa purchased property April 15 in the Chandler 202 Auto Park. DeRito Partners Development CEO Marty DeRito said that Brown and Brown Nissan will also be coming to Chandler. The Tribune previously reported that Big Two Toyota purchased property at Gilbert Road and the Santan Freeway stretch of Loop 202 in Chandler.
DeRito, who along with Kimco Developers is developing Riverview, said state law kept him from moving the three dealers to Riverview. He said if they did not go to Chandler, they would have gone to Gilbert’s auto mall.
DeRito also said Wednesday he is in negotiations with Petco, Circuit City, Bed Bath & Beyond and Jo-Ann etc. stores to bring them to Riverview at Dobson Road and the Red Mountain Freeway segment of Loop 202. Petco, Circuit City and Bed Bath & Beyond share a shopping center across the street from Fiesta Mall.
A Petco spokesman said Wednesday it plans to move its Fiesta Mall area store to a different location in the first quarter of 2006. The other companies either would not comment or did not return phone calls.
"On the one hand they are saying we’re going to bring revenue to Mesa, and on the other hand they are taking an extraordinary amount of revenue out of Mesa," said Jason Rose, No on Riverview campaign spokesman, adding that Riverview will hurt the Fiesta Mall area.
DeRito listed seven businesses near Fiesta Mall that are planning to open stores at Tempe Marketplace, a competing center less than two miles west of Riverview. One of those is Harkins Theatres, which is funding the Riverview opposition. The others are Ross, Ulta, Best Buy, Cost Plus, Pier One Imports and OfficeMax.
David Larcher, executive vice president of Marketplace developer Vestar Development, said these will be new stores and not relocations.
DeRito said he asked the three Broadway Road dealerships to locate at Riverview, which could have up to five dealerships on 33 acres. He said the Toyota and Nissan dealers could not move to Riverview because it would be within 10 miles of Toyota and Nissan dealerships in Scottsdale, violating state law. Honda could have moved to Riverview, but DeRito said that dealer was interested in staying next to Toyota and Nissan.
Also Wednesday, the Yes campaign said a lease has been signed with Cinemark for a 16-screen movie theater. If Riverview is approved May 17, Cinemark plans to start construction July 1.