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Retail Corridor: Qwest opens Living Room at Chandler Fashion Center

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Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2005 6:42 am | Updated: 9:45 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Qwest has opened a new kind of store at Chandler Fashion Center, one of only two in the state. Dubbed the Qwest Living Room, it offers comfy seating and free wi-fi for laptop-toting shoppers.

The primary purpose of the new stores is to sell Qwest services, of course. Plasma screen TVs show the company’s digital TV lineup.

Customers can buy anything — phone, Internet or TV services — pay bills or get technical support. But even noncustomers can hang out and take advantage of the free wi-fi.

Qwest is trying out the concept stores in Chandler and in a West Valley mall.

BOUTIQUE BEDDING

Like the luxury linens that make up the Heavenly Bed at the Westin Kierland Resort?

You can buy them now at Nordstrom’s at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

The upscale retailer is stocking the Westin goods — mattresses, pillows, duvets and the luxury linens that go over them — at 61 of its stores around the country.

South East Valley shoppers will have to make the trek to Scottsdale to purchase the posh bedding.

The Chandler Fashion Center Nordstrom doesn’t have an At Home department, so it won’t be stocking the stuff.

BOUTIQUE BENZ

Schumacher European, which hopped the Scottsdale border into Phoenix to build its new luxury Mercedes-Benz showroom, has scheduled its grand re-opening for this weekend.

The showroom is at 18530 N. Scottsdale Road, just south of the Scottsdale 101 shopping center.

REBORN RETAIL

A dozen miles south of the luxury car dealer on Scottsdale Road, Pollack Food City Plaza has scheduled its grand re-opening celebration this weekend.

Formerly Sun Plaza, the 29-year-old shopping center is on the southeast corner of Scottsdale and McKellips roads in Tempe.

East Valley shopping center makeover master Michael Pollack updated and upgraded the ailing plaza with a new parking lot, new architectural details, new paint, new facade and new landscaping.

And most important — new tenants, including a long-awaited supermarket anchor, Food City. Other new tenants include The Record Store and Libra’s Furniture.

GROWING COLD

A long drive from the East Valley, but worthy of note: A local company will reach a major milestone Saturday.

Cold Stone Creamery, born in Tempe 14 years ago and now based in Scottsdale, plans to open its 1,000th store in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1999, Cold Stone CEO Doug Ducey set a goal of having 1,000 stores open by Dec. 31, 2004. He had 74 Cold Stone Creameries open at the time. He missed by a few months, but the feat is no less remarkable.

The ice cream company is building its new headquarters on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, just a few miles from its current Scottsdale base.

Employees plan to move in July 18.

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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