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Retail Corridor: Valley’s 3 Just for Feet stores likely to close

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Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2004 5:28 am | Updated: 4:52 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Just for Feet stores at Arizona Mills mall in Tempe, at Desert Ridge Marketplace and at Tatum and Shea boulevards in northeast Phoenix are among the 88 shops of the national chain that will get the boot pending bankruptcy court approval.

Parent Footstar said if it gets the OK to shed stores, liquidation sales could begin soon and the stores could be out of stock and out of business by summer.

Employees who stay on will be paid until the closing sales are completed.

Footstar filed for bankruptcy protection March 3 and a week later said it plans to scrap the Just for Feet brand. The company also plans to dump 77 of its Footaction stores. The only Valley Footaction — at Fiesta Mall in Mesa — is among the 352 stores spared. Footstar acquired Just for Feet, which was in bankruptcy at the time, in 2000, but it never could make the chain profitable.

A NEW FACE

It’s not very welcoming for a new leader to lose a store at the get-go, but shopping center veteran Mollie Doyle, who is taking over the helm at Arizona Mills mall in Tempe, can handle heat.

Doyle has 14 years of experience at retail centers, including her most recent gig as general manager at The River at Rancho Mirage, a 30-acre retail and entertainment complex in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

WHAT’S COOKING

Cook your own entree at

Harry’s Strip Club: A Steak Joint, which is scheduled to open Friday at 7042 E. Indian School Road in downtown Scottsdale.

Diners can sear and season their own steaks and seafood on massive stainless steel grills in the middle of the dining room or on the patio.

Or sit at the Chef’s Table and watch the experts cook up gourmet grub.

The new eatery is the latest venture for the owners of Scottsdale hot spots Martini Ranch, Famous Door and Elixir.

COMING SOON

Opening Saturday at Farm House Village, 397 S. Gilbert Road in Gilbert, gift shop The Giving Tree features handcrafted gifts, home decor and antiques.

Also opening this weekend in the homey complex of small shops and businesses, The Gilbert House, a new restaurant, is open for breakfast and lunch only.

MOVED

Wright Brothers Auctioneers relocated to the southwest corner of Southern Avenue and Country Club Drive in Mesa. The company has had its second auction in the new space, which is more than three times the size of its former site on Broadway Road. The shop has auctions every Saturday at noon, and opens Fridays and Saturday morning so folks can browse and plan their buys.

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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