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Retail Corridor: Gilbert packing in plenty of store openings

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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2005 5:29 am | Updated: 9:51 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Stores of all sorts are opening in Gilbert so fast they have to do it in twos. Like SuperTarget, which staged a dual opening earlier this month, a new-to-the-East Valley supermarket chain is wrapping up March with a double debut.

Henry’s Farmers Market, a fresh foods, full-line grocery, plans to open two Gilbert stores Wednesday at 874 E. Warner Road in the Shoppes at Mirador Square and at 1422 N. Cooper Ro ad in the Shoppes at Gilbert Commons.

Henry’s forte is fresh produce, all natural meats, a large section devoted to vitamins, dietary supplements and allnatural body care products.

The Gilbert versions have expanded in-house bakeries. Henry’s parent is Wild Oats markets.

Wednesday’s grand openings will include special events and giveaways.

Each store will throw a party in the parking lot for neighbors the evening before. Stop by between 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesday for music, food tastings, kids activities and a sneak preview of the place.

The new stores employ a combined 220 full and part time.


Safeway finished a major makeover of its store on the southeast corner of Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale.

Check out the olive and sushi bars, deli carving station, expanded meat, seafood, floral and bakery departments and the new Starbucks licensed store.

The supermarket is tossing a neighborhood preview party 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday to show off its new look and new departments.

The party’s agenda includes special activities, promotions and complimentary samples.


Costco is coming to a 29-acre, full-service power center at SanTan Village, Westcor’s 440-acre shopping-diningentertainment complex near the intersection of Williams Field and Greenfield roads, just off the Santan Freeway alignment.

Costco said it will open the 149,000 square foot warehouse club store later this year.

It is Gilbert’s second Costco.

Just north of the Costcoanchored power center, near the recently opened Wal-Mart, Costco rival Sam’s Club is planning a fall opening.


The Phoenix Suns are hot, but a Scottsdale company is offering a new way for local fans to cool down during home games.

Cold Stone Creamery just opened a store on the lower level at America West Arena and a kiosk location on the upper level.

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.

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