Michigan-based United Auto Group plans to add a Lexus dealership late next year to a 25-acre property near Ray Road and Interstate 10, a site already occupied by Mercedes Benz of Chandler.
"I think Mercedes and Lexus will be great one-two punch," said Tracy Moorman, Scottsdale Lexus’ general manager. "When you look at Chandler, Phoenix and Ahwatukee Foothills . . . it’s just a great location. The Valley is growing and that southeast corridor, if you will, is a hot commodity right now."
Not to be outdone, Mercedes Benz of Chandler is also planning to add space. The dealership will construct an enclosed 30-bay service department along with a new parts department. Work will begin in August and take about seven months.
VALLEY IN BIG APPLE
The Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, which includes all the large East Valley cities, has posted two new 40-foot-tall-by-27-foot-wide billboards on skyscrapers at 50th Street and Seventh Avenue.
The signs are designed to let cold, wet New Yorkers know the Valley is a perfect destination for a winter getaway. Both the Valley’s outdoor adventure scene and, of course, its golf, are highlighted.
Should he become a Yankee, maybe the billboards will make Randy Johnson feel a little more at home.
The promotion will run until mid-January.
A Scottsdale market research company that studies the technology scene says camera phones are being snapped up, with worldwide annual shipments shooting up more than 200 percent this year.
According to In- Stat/ MDR, sales are fueled by manufacturers offering camera features in most new models, and improving image quality. The firm said consumers have adopted camera phones rather quickly, with U.S. penetration at about 14 percent and growing.
"The devices have gone mainstream in less than four years," said Neil Strother, an In-Stat/MDR analyst. "Now, one needs to look hard to find a handset that doesn’t feature an embedded camera."
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering some interesting Christmas gifts for critter-lovers.
For that hard-to-buy for eco-pal, the department says you can pay to sponsor a desert tortoise in the name of a friend.
Desert tortoises are recognized as a threatened species in parts of California, Nevada, Utah and northwestern Arizona. They’re also found in southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert.
People who donate to the department’s Sponsor-a-Tortoise program will receive a color photo of "their" tortoise. If they donate $50 or more, they will receive a project summary at the end of the year. Contributors of more than $100 will receive a specific profile of their sponsored tortoise for that year.
For $10, the department has its 2005 wildlife calendar with pictures of things like the California leaf-nosed bat, the regal horned lizard and javelina.