A new hotel is headed to Warner Road and 56th Street in Tempe.
According to CoStar Group, a Maryland-based research services firm for the commercial real estate industry, Drury Development Corp. purchased the 3-acre parcel for $2.7 million and plans to construct a Drury Inn & Suites Hotel, the company’s second in Arizona.
Drury is a chain of limited-service hotels based in St. Louis.
The hotels serve hot breakfasts, provide free high-speed wireless Internet access in the rooms and 60 minutes of free long-distance phone calls, among other amenities. The company was recently called the highest in guest satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates for a midrange, limited-service hotel.
Gamer’s in Gilbert
Gamer’s Paradise, a video game retail store, is up and running at the Shoppes at Gilbert Commons near the southwest corner of Cooper and Baseline roads in Gilbert.
The store sells video games for various consoles including Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. It rents games for $1 a day.
Chompie’s at P.V. Mall
A Chompie’s bagel store opened at Paradise Valley Mall.
The new eatery is between Dillard’s and Sears.
“We literally moved to ‘Paradise,’ Paradise Valley Mall that is,” said co-owner, Lovey Borenstein, in a press release.
Chompie’s is a chain of New York-style delicatessens with restaurant seating and a bakery.
Bangz opens doors
Bangz Hair Salon is opening March 29 near the northwest corner of Greenfield Road and Southern Avenue in Mesa.
The salon will offer haircuts, coloring and massage treatments.
Mesa Riverview near Dobson Road and Loop 202 in Mesa is getting a swim instruction school.
Construction recently began at the Hubbard Swim School, which will be the company’s second location.
Cash and calories
The next time you order a Falafel Fanatic or Sizzlin’ Sirloin at your local Extreme Pita, you’ll get a bonus.
Besides the tab and the tax, the receipt will give you a synopsis of the calories, carbs, protein and fat in your meal.
And it will give you tips on how to save calories by choosing healthier condiments to enhance your sandwich or salad.
Extreme Pita is trying out the special nutritional receipts in local restaurants before going nationwide with the system.
The company has four restaurants in Tempe and one in Chandler with the calorie counter receipts.
Herb Box opening 2nd shop on Market Street at DC Ranch
The Herb Box, which makes and markets gourmet delicacies to eat in or take out or sample for a catering gig, is opening a second shop on Market Street at DC Ranch.
That’s at the southeast corner of Pima Road and Thompson Peak Parkway.
The new location, which is bigger than the original shop at 6990 E. Shea Blvd., just west of Scottsdale Road, is scheduled to open April 1 for lunch only. Herb Box plans to start cooking breakfast about a week after the lunchtime opening, with a new start-the-day menu including breakfast bruschetta, savory crepes and Kobe short rib hash, and a Saturday Gospel Brunch, showcasing live gospel music on its indoor-outdoor patio.
The new Herb Box, like the original, will also sell antiques and accessories from French Bee, a Scottsdale boutique.
A new Scottsdale location for Cactus Stone and Tile is slated to open Monday at 15551 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop.
The 35-year-old Phoenix-based company, which sells and customizes ceramic tile, glass, stone and metal designs, has three gallery-showroom-warehouse-design centers in Phoenix.
The new 13,000-square-foot Scottsdale Airpark shop doesn’t have a warehouse attached, but it will feature the biggest showroom for the company’s wares, and include a workroom where customers or designers can work out patterns and concepts before ordering, said spokeswoman Lori Burnett.
The Scottsdale location will show off more than 200 versions/colors of stone, including marble, granite, onyx, travertine, soapstone, quartzite and others, Burnett said. “There has been a real demand for something like this in Scottsdale,” she said.