Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a subsidiary of the United Kingdom-based grocer Tesco, is about to mark two milestones.
The company announced it has 100 stores nationwide. And on Dec. 5, it will celebrate its one-year anniversary in Arizona.
To date, the chain has 26 stores in Arizona and 651 employees.
Fresh & Easy grocery stores are roughly 10,000-square-foot neighborhood-centric markets that emphasize quick service, low prices, fresh food and ready-to-eat meals. The stores feature a mix of national and private-label brands.
FIESTA MALL NEWS
Speaking of milestones, Fiesta Mall is celebrating a symbolic one.
The mall has erected the Dick's Sporting Goods sign where the retailer is set to open along with Best Buy in spring 2009.
Construction work on the shell that will house the two stores started in January.
YOGURTINI IN TEMPE
Yogurtini, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, opened a store in Tempe on Thursday.
The store is near the Arizona State University campus on the northeast corner of Rural Road and University Drive.
The shop features a bar with more than 50 toppings ranging from granola and fruit to more daring items, including espresso beans and hot sauce - yes, hot sauce.
Yogurt dispensed from the shop's five machines will rotate between flavors like cheesecake, peanut butter, mango and green tea. Because the yogurt is self-serve, prices are based on weight.
DESERT KIA CLOSING
Desert Kia, a Gilbert car dealership on Country Club Drive south of Baseline Road, closed its doors and began emptying its sales lot.
Company officials didn't return phone calls for comment.
The Kmart at Dobson and Broadway roads in Mesa joined a host of other large retail stores across the Valley - including Circuit City and Mervyn's - in closing.
The store is in the midst of a liquidation sale.
Wendy's restaurant at Alma School Road and Main Street has also closed.
Restaurant employees would not comment on the reasons behind the closure.