Mesa’s Fiesta Mall is chock full of news.
K-Momo, selling hip-hop apparel, opened on the lower level near Robinson’s-May.
Salvation Skates, for skateboard clothing and gear, opened a shop on the upper level near Sears.
Piercing Pagoda moved into a kiosk on the lower level near Sears. The chain is a division of Zales and sells a variety of gold and silver jewelry.
Cute House is selling dressy dresses and accessories for children and adults on the upper level near Robinson’s-May.
The Hat Zone relocated to the lower level near Dillard’s.
Academy of Nursing opened a temporary location on the upper level near Robinson’s-May while it readies a permanent location with recruiting office and classroom on the level below. The organization is hoping to sell students on its nursing program.
More stores are under construction. Vans, Rave and Digitell are expected to open later this month or in August.
Fiesta has stepped up its leasing efforts during the last six months.
Marketing director Tami Ivy said the mall’s strong sales growth this year has caught the attention of national retailers who want in before backto-school spending season. Maybe those thinking of buying the mall — and not just space inside it — will also be inspired. The shopping center went on the block in late May.
East Valley redeveloper Michael Pollack, who has picked up several awards for reviving ailing shopping centers, recently bought the Sun Valley Shopping Center, a 15-year-old open-air retail center on the northwest corner of 74th and Main streets in Mesa.
Major tenants include Family Dollar Store, Waldenbooks and Peter Piper Pizza.
Pollack paid $3.1 million for the property and plans to sink more bucks into sprucing it up and attracting more shops and services.
"This center will undergo a major transformation," Pollack said. "We try to outdo ourselves with every new property we redevelop."
BARGAIN AND SHOP
Steve & Barry’s University Sportswear, a new-to-themarket retailer, is slated to open July 14 at Desert Sky Mall, 75th Avenue and Thomas Road — a little west of the East Valley, but maybe worth a quick freeway trip across town.
It’s the first version of the chain in the Southwest. Bigger than a supermarket, Steve & Barry’s claims to sell highquality clothes for the whole family at a 50 percent to 90 percent discount. To launch the new location, the company said it will price men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, including jeans, T-shirts, jackets, shoes, hats, khakis, shorts, baby-doll tops, polo shirts and officially licensed collegiate duds for more than 100 universities at $7.98 or less.
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.