Wal-Mart said it will open up to 400 health clinics in its stores over the next three years and the number could grow to 2,000 in five to seven years.
The Bentonville, Ark.-based company said local or regional hospitals or other organizations will manage the clinics.
Wal-Mart began leasing space to medical clinics inside its stores under a pilot project in September 2005 and said 76 stores in 12 states already have clinics.
A new Gilbert business has put a new spin on an old concept.
Edible Arrangements, which recently opened at 2487 S. Gilbert Road, specializes in making “fruitquets,” which are similar to a bouquet expect they’re made with fruit instead of flowers. The store is in the Gilbert Fiesta Marketplace at Gilbert and Williams Field roads.
A Carrabba’s Italian Grill opened at 2709 S. Market St. in Gilbert. The restaurant, near Williams Field Road and Market Street, celebrated its grand opening this week.
Some new retail stores are planned for the corner of Arizona Avenue and Elliot Road in Chandler at the Pollack Business Park.
Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments is planning to break ground soon, but the company wouldn’t say what tenants they were hoping to attract.
Auto Citi Service Center opened at 1355 S. Country Club Drive in Mesa.
The automobile repair and maintenance shop offers oil and lube, tire and general repair service.
Some construction work is still ongoing at Auto Citi, but manager Rich Greene said the store has been open for about a month.
SPENDING ON MOM
The National Retail Federation said it expects shoppers to spend nearly $16 billion this Mother’s Day.
The group’s 2007 Mother’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey said consumers are expected to spend an average of $139.14 on the holiday compared with $122.16 in 2206. Mother’s Day is May 13.