Marketside grocery stores open for business Oct. 4, making them the most recent player in the Valley — one of the nation’s most crowded markets in the grocery industry.
The four Marketside stores opening in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler will serve as test subjects for their Bentonville, Ark.-based parent company, Wal-Mart Stores.
The food store, each of which is roughly the size of two Circle K stores, aims to provide fresh, low-priced groceries with fast in-and-out service.
The four Marketsides are at Elliot and Cooper roads in Gilbert, Baseline and Sossaman roads in Mesa, Ray and McQueen roads in Chandler, and Elliot and Rural roads in Tempe.
A microbrewery is planned on Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe, a city official said.
Chris Salomone, community development manager, said the brewery is planned for a vacant pad inside the half-empty Centerpoint on Mill development, which city officials have been pressuring the developer, Scottsdale-based DMB, to fill.
“It looked like a ... good-size facility,” Salomone said.
Chris Wilson, former vice president of the Downtown Tempe Community, said he’s about 15 days away from reaching a lease agreement for the microbrewery and hopes to open by year’s end, but he wouldn’t disclose details, including the location.
Wilson said he’s partnered with Dave’s Electric Brewery, a microbrewery in Bisbee, but he wouldn’t discuss the specifics of the arrangement.
A message left with Dave’s Electric Brewery wasn’t returned.
Salomone said the Tempe lease could be up to 10 years, with buyout provisions in case DMB wants to redevelop the land.
Wilson said he’s not afraid of the competition with nearby Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., which is at Mill and Fifth Street.
“Our concept is totally unique,” he said.
Speaking of Mill, a high-profile corner is trading bagels for burritos.
Chipotle Mexican Grill took over the site at the northwest corner of 11th Street and Mill, where Bruegger’s bagel shop once resided.
The restaurant, which is across the street from Arizona State University’s music building, is under construction.
VICTORIA'S SECRET IN TEMPE
Victoria’s Secret is opening at Arizona Mills in Tempe.
Unlike many of the stores at the mall near Interstate 10 and Baseline Road, Victoria’s Secret won’t be an outlet store, which typically sells discounted, out-of-season merchandise, mall representatives said.
The retailer’s parent company, Limited Brands, is reportedly looking to open more of its traditional stores in outlet centers.
Victoria’s Secret opens in early October.