Queen Creek residents are sweating in the town’s first L.A. Fitness health club on Power Road, just north of Germann Road. The 45,000-square-foot gym is the chain’s 22nd location in Arizona.
The Irvine, Calif.-based health club chain was founded 1984 and operates 190 clubs in the United States.
Amenities at the health club include a basketball court, pool, 80 pieces of cardiovascular exercise equipment and weightlifting areas.
SUPER BOWL STORE
An officially licensed Super Bowl merchandise store may open at Mesa Riverview.
Riverview officials said the shop is pending city permit approval and could open as early as Friday in the shopping center’s theater district.
The 3,000-square-foot store will sell more than 200 products for men, women and children.
The store will be one of six stores in the Valley.
Take out some aggression on your good friends at the recently opened Tempe Paintball on McClintock Drive, just south of Apache Boulevard.
Tempe Paintball is a 12,000-square-foot indoor paintball facility with
air conditioning and carpet.
The Promenade at Casa Grande officially opens Saturday.
Well, actually just the first phase.
Developers are promoting Casa Grande’s first major shopping center with much fanfare.
An opening ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Promenade, at the northwest corner of Interstate 10 and Florence Boulevard.
The center will feature a Dillard’s, Target, Kohl’s, JCPenney, PetSmart, Staples and Harkins Theatres. Other retailers that are planning future openings include Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond and Lane Bryant.
SUBWAY ON MILL
Subway announced its opening on Mill Avenue just north of 10th Street in Tempe.
The Connecticut-based sandwich restaurant franchise has 28,440 locations in 85 countries.
CELL PHONE COMPANY
Alltel Wireless will open Saturday on Signal Butte Road just north of Baseline Road in Mesa.
ROCK STAR GALLERY MAKES A MOVE UP THE STREET
Nearly three years to the day that Rock Star Gallery opened at the Promenade shopping center in north Scottsdale, the shop is taking a short hop about a half-mile southwest to Kierland Commons.
The new store is scheduled to open Tuesday in bigger digs at the upscale open-air shopping center on the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway.
Rock Star Gallery features the art and memorabilia of music legends, and even sometimes the legends themselves — among other luminaries. Jefferson Starship’s Grace Slick has stopped by to hawk her paintings.
The store will be expanding its scope in the new quarters to also spotlight local artists, painters, musicians, vocalists and photographers.
New at the new gallery is a storefront designed for impromptu and scheduled artistic events that will be open to the public.
Owner Michael Dunn said he wants to give aspiring artists the chance to be noticed much like the rock ’n’ roll greats that adorn the walls of his shop.
The first Arizona store featuring the wares of Michael Kors, one of America’s most revered designers of luxury sportswear, is scheduled to open Sunday at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
The new Michael Kors store is the company’s 17th free-standing shop in North America.
It will offer a full range of accessories from all of the designers’ collections, including ready-to-wear pieces, fragrances, eyewear and other licensed product categories.
FOR THE KIDS
Just in time to splurge on the Santa-loving set, a new toy store, Toy Jungle, opened at 7154 E. Stetson Drive in Scottsdale’s downtown shopping district.
Owner Meredith Zellweger, who also has a couple of California versions of the upscale retail chain, said her mission is to make Toy Jungle a magical destination for children and parents.
All Toy Jungle toys are handpicked for their uniqueness, quality and safety, she said, and many Toy Jungle toys are distinctive to the signature stores.