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Portillos at Tempe Marketplace

Vestar Announces 240,000 SF of New Restaurants, Retailers

Vestar, a leading privately held real estate company in the western United States that acquires and manages retail and entertainment destinations that serve as community focal points, announces a vast amount of new retailers at many of its centers. Noteworthy achievements for Vestar include the signing of new tenants totaling more than 240,000 square feet at its shopping centers in Arizona.
“We are pleased that our leasing professionals have been able to increase value to our client’s assets through new leasing activity at our centers this year,” said Patrick McGinley, vice president of property management for Vestar.
Opening at Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, Arizona is the highly-anticipated Portillo’s. A Chicago-land favorite, the menu includes a variety of favorite food items including Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, burgers, sausages, salads and desserts. This unique dining option occupies 8,000 square-feet of space on the intersection of Rio Salado Parkway and McClintock Drive, less than a mile from the new Cubs Spring Training facility opening spring 2014. This is Portillo’s only second Valley location. Other new leasing activity at Tempe Marketplace include Q (5,978 sq. ft.), a trendy apparel, footwear and accessories store which opened in April and Spirit Halloween (10,000 sq. ft.), which opened the end of August.
A coup for Mesa Grand is the May opening of metro Phoenix’s first Conn’s HomePlus (33,948 sq. ft.) location. Conn’s offers appliances, electronics, furniture and mattresses, in addition to product repair and service at this Mesa, Arizona location.
Queen Creek Marketplace in Queen Creek, Arizona, signed three new tenants opening within the next few months including the Smashburger opening in August (2,200 sq. ft.). Joining them in September included Geno’s Giant Slice (1,773 sq. ft.) and Spirit Halloween (30,363 sq. ft.). Earlier in the year, popular vitamin and nutritional supplement store, GNC (1,350 sq. ft.), opened in March.
This summer additional East Valley new tenants included the opening of BabyTown (28,000 sq. ft.), the largest privately owned baby products store, at Crossroads Towne Center. Another large space, Potato Barn (28,428 sq. ft.), a unique home furnishings store, at Gilbert Gateway Towne Center, along with Zig Zag Clothing and Shoes (7,500 sq. ft.) also opened. Las Tiendas Village, located in Chandler, Arizona, added tenant Kid to Kid (3,600 sq. ft.), a high quality children’s resale shop to its roster of tenants.
Earlier this year, Desert Ridge Marketplace opened Nori Sushi (3,269 sq. ft.), an upscale-casual sushi and Asian cuisine restaurant. Additionally, joining the roster this September included AZ Federal Credit Union (1,815 sq. ft.) and McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon (6,500 sq. ft.), serving Irish-American dishes. Torrid (3,000 sq. ft.), featuring collections of trendy plus size clothing, will open this month.
In October, Happy Valley Towne Center will welcome new tenants Orangetheory Fitness (2,854 sq. ft.), featuring energizing group interval fitness workout sessions, and Bedmart (4,000 sq. ft.). Fresh Wasabi (1,380 sq. ft.), a fine Japanese cuisine and sushi bar restaurant, opened in August.
Rounding out the extensive list of signed tenants includes Lake Pleasant Towne Center’s tenant coming this month, Papa Murphy’s (1,515 sq. ft.), take and bake pizza. Also in September, Sundance Towne Center, in Buckeye, Arizona welcomed Connect Wireless (2,064 sq. ft.). Southern Arizona’s Oro Valley Marketplace in Oro Valley added Dollar Express (3,471 sq. ft.), which opened in March.


Famous Chicago Restaurant to Open at Tempe Marketplace


With the Chicago Cubs set to open a new Arizona spring training facility just a mile to the east, one of the Windy City’s most famous restaurants has just closed on property at Tempe Marketplace, Arizona’s largest open-air retail center.

Vestar, owner of the 1.3 MSF retail center, announced it sold a 2.38-acre parcel on its SWC to Portillo’s. The Midwest institution plans to open a 7,000 SF eatery this summer.

“We have few restaurant sites at the bustling Tempe Marketplace left and it’s hard to imagine a better fit for one of those spots than Portillo’s,” said David Malin, Vestar’s Director of Acquisitions and Development. “Whether you’re a Chicago native living in the Phoenix metropolitan area, a visitor from the Midwest or just someone who loves great food done right, you’ll feel right at home at Portillo’s.”

Portillo’s expanded outside the Midwest when it opened its first California location in 2005. Tempe Marketplace is the most notable of Arizona sites yet announced.


Portillo's hiring

Portillo's Hiring 200 Employees For New Scottsdale Location

Portillo'sPortillo’s, a popular Chicago-based restaurant, will begin hiring 200 employees for its new Scottsdale location on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

The restaurant is scheduled to open late February in Scottsdale at the southwest corner of 90th St. and Shea Blvd., and it will continue its expansion with a second location this upcoming summer in Tempe on Rio Salado Pkwy. and McClintock Dr.

“We are very excited about our Scottsdale opening,” says Dick Portillo, president and founder of The Portillo Restaurant Group. “Once the word got out that we were coming to Arizona, the response was overwhelming. We look forward to having a positive impact on the local economy with our operations in both Scottsdale and Tempe.”

Applicants can apply in person at the hiring center located at 9160 E. Shea Blvd., #103A. They have the option to either fill out the application in-person or pick up and drop off a completed application in the mailbox located at the Portillo’s restaurant site. Portillo’s offers benefits with growth opportunities, top pay, flexible hours and meal discounts.

Portillo’s currently operates in three states, has more than 4,000 employees and an extensive menu, including its famous Italian beef, Italian sausage, burgers, chicken sandwiches, specialty salads and a renowned chocolate cake. The Portillo Restaurant Group will mark its 50th year this coming spring and continues to grow.

For more information about Portillo’s, visit portillos.com


Portillo’s hiring in Scottsdale

Where: Hiring site: 9160 E. Shea Blvd., #103A, Scottsdale
Restaurant: 10520 N. 90th St., Scottsdale
When: Beginning Thursday, January 3, 2013
Web: portillos.com