Swedish furniture and home furnishings retailer IKEA plans to start digging up dirt Tuesday for its longcoveted store in the Emerald Center at Warner Road and Interstate 10 in Tempe.
That box will be so big you could squish a Wal-Mart Supercenter plus two large supermarkets inside its 340,000-square-foot expanse.
IKEA is pegged to open in November, providing new holiday shopping options. It is expected to lure IKEA fans to the East Valley from throughout the state and the rest of the Southwest since the stores are few and far between. The company has fewer than 200 worldwide, only 18 of them in the United States.
Spokesman Joseph Roth said IKEA will hire 400 to 500 people to run the place, and local hiring likely will begin this summer.
IKEA has just been named by Working Mothers magazine as one of the 100 best companies to work for because of its family-friendly policies.
A yo-yo contest at Brainstorms in Paradise Valley Mall was named Most Original In-Store Event by Playthings magazine, a leading trade publication for the toy industry. The award, among the most prestigious in the toy business, will be handed to the local retailer Monday at the Industry Achievement Awards ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
Brainstorms held yo-yo classes followed by an event called "Show Us Yo Talent" that attracted yo-yo champs from around the world. Participants, including 300 local kids, received points for yo-yo tricks and could trade the points for prizes and accessories.
Upscale men’s clothing store Jhane Barnes is leaving Scottsdale Borgata — and Arizona.
But fashion-minded males can still purchase the designer-brand duds across the road at Patrick James in Hilton Village, 6149 N. Scottsdale Road.
In fact, Patrick James founder and owner, Patrick James Monpere, is handling the liquidation of Jhane Barnes stores in Arizona, Nevada and California.
He said the Borgata store is conducting clearance sales and will shut its doors as soon as most of the merchandise is gone — probably within four to six weeks.
Monpere, who has 14 Patrick James stores in California and opened his only Arizona location two years ago, likes the area and is considering opening a second shop further north in Scottsdale within the next couple of years.
• Sunchain Tanning plans a store at Superstition Marketplace, on the northeast corner of Southern Avenue and Power Road in Mesa within two months.
• A new State Farm Insurance shop plans to open within the next couple of months at the Higley Shops, 1121 S. Higley Road in Mesa.
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