Goodwill of Central Arizona plans to open its first retail store in Gilbert on Friday at the northwest corner of Gilbert and Guadalupe roads. The not-for-profit snagged Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Robby Hammock to welcome shoppers from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
And the store plans grand opening giveaways and other activities throughout the weekend.
It is Goodwill’s first shop in a new building, its 28th Valley store, and Gilbert’s largest thrift shop.
Barnes & Noble is slated to open Sept. 1 in the Dana Park center, 1758 S. Val Vista Drive in Mesa. The shop will stock nearly 200,000 book, music, DVD and magazine titles and include a cafe serving Starbucks coffee.
These shops and services also are slated to open in September:
Four Seasons Dry Cleaners at The Center at Troon North, southwest corner of Alma School Road and Dynamite Boulevard in Scottsdale.
Active Wear at Camelback Village Shopping Center, northeast corner of 44th Street and Camelback Road in east Phoenix.
Smooth Operators, which will whip up smoothies and healthy snacks, at Tatum Point on the southwest corner of Tatum Boulevard and Bell Road in Phoenix.
GameStop, in the Wal-Mart shopping center, between Loop 101 and Northsight Boulevard in Scottsdale.
When Jack Musselmann retired a few weeks ago, Rick Hills, a veteran mechanic from Brown & Brown, bought his service center at 2408 E. Apache Blvd. in Tempe. Watch for the new sign announcing Hills’ Automotive and Fleet Repairs to go up any day.
Hills said he plans to offer the same individual service Musselmann did for the shop’s longtime clientele and work up some new fleet business to help fill the
With the purchase of the Eckerd’s stores, CVS will become a much bigger player in the East Valley pharmacy scene. The company is still working on renaming the existing stores and deciding if any need to be closed because they are too close to existing CVS sites. For those who have asked about the name, CVS stands for Consumer Value Stores. The first stores — the company is 41 years old —sold over-the-counter health and beauty products. The first CVS with a pharmacy opened in 1967.
GDA Real Estates Services of Greenwood Village, Colo., bought The Provinces, a 3-year-old, grocery-anchored neighborhood center on the northeast corner of McQueen and Ray roads in Chandler for $8.1 million from Regency Centers of Jacksonville, Fla.
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