An Apple store is coming to SanTan Village in Gilbert. The retailer, which sells computers, iPods and Apple accessories, is seeking to hire store managers, assistant managers and cashiers, according to its Web site.
Also, Chick-Fil-A hosted a ribbon-cutting at its new store at SanTan Village. SanTan Village is near Loop 202 and Williams Field Road.
CULVER’S IS COMING
Last week, a number of readers with a hankering for Culver’s restaurant’s famous butter burgers and custard notified me that I incorrectly reported that one of the fast-food eateries was open at Country Club Drive and Baseline Road in Mesa. It is not. But hang on to your plates, Culver’s lovers. The restaurant’s owner plans to open in late January.
MARSHALLS TO OPEN
A new Marshalls is coming to Mesa. The discount store will open Sept. 27 at Mesa Riverview near the Loop 101-Loop 202 interchange. The store will hire about 75 full- and part-time employees. The 28,000-square-foot store will sell clothing, athletic footwear and housewares. The company opened its first store more than 40 years ago and has 750 locations nationwide.
PARTY DRESSES AT DIVAZ
Divaz Boutique is opening at Tempe Marketplace on Sept. 28. The store, which sells party dresses and accessories, will be similar to the store on Mill Avenue, the company said. Among the brands Divaz sells are Juicy Couture, Nicole Miller, and David and Goliath.
CASA GRANDE NEWS
The Savers thrift store chain plans to open a store in Casa Grande, but didn’t disclose the address. Stores are also planned for Avondale and Glendale. The Valley has 12 Savers stores. Kohl’s Department Store is opening a location in Casa Grande at 976 N. Mission Parkway. The company said the new store will open Oct. 3. Kohl’s has 19 stores in Arizona.
TIFFANY MUM ON EXPANDING IN SCOTTSDALE
Scottsdale’s luster seems to be getting brighter for first and second-tier luxury retailers.
Rumors that jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. and clothing maker Polo Ralph Lauren are considering opening stores in the One Scottsdale shopping center illustrate this. One Scottsdale is expected to be a posh 120-acre project at Scottsdale Road and Loop 101 that will include stores, hotels, offices and residential space.
Although both companies are being characteristically vague on their plans, a Tiffany spokesman made a point of saying that Scottsdale is on the radar screen.
Scottsdale Fashion Square houses the Valley’s only Tiffany’s, and Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix has the only Polo Ralph Lauren store. If the companies are thinking of signing leases at One Scottsdale, it’s unclear if they will close their other stores or operate from two locations in the Valley.
Mark L. Aaron, vice president of investor relations for Tiffany & Co., said his company will operate multiple stores in a city if market conditions are right.
Aaron wouldn’t comment when asked if Tiffany is negotiating a second lease with developers, although he said Scottsdale was a significant market that may accommodate a second store.
Ryan Lally, a Polo Ralph Lauren spokeswoman, also hedged her comments when asked if the company plans to open a second store. She said the company’s real estate department had not signed a lease, adding, “that’s not to say we may not.”
It’s common for rumors to swirl before a major retailer enters a market or expands.
Barneys New York is the most recent example. Before it announced a 65,000-square-foot store at Fashion Square, there was plenty of buzz among industry movers and shakers but nary a peep from mall owner Westcor or the company.
Kate Spade’s first Arizona store, at Fashion Square, was also preceded by speculation.
Bloomingdale’s may prove to be another example. In January, Michael Gould, chairman, expressed interest in Arizona, and at least two developers — Westcor and Related Urban — are courting the retailer. Rumors of a Bloomingdale’s in Arizona have been flying for years, and it was common knowledge among industry watchers that the retailer was ready to sign a deal with Fashion Square just before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.