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New ‘Star Wars’ trailer premieres at Tempe Marketplace

May the force be with you on November 28, when Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16 exclusively premieres Disney’s new 88-second teaser trailer for “‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Be among the first to see the highly anticipated trailer as Harkins Tempe Marketplace is the only theatre in Arizona, and one of 30 theatres nationwide, to debut this exclusive trailer. The trailer will run before every movie playing at Harkins Tempe Marketplace.

WHERE: Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

WHEN: Beginning Friday, November 28, 2014 (Black Friday)

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: Be sure to take advantage of Harkins Theatres’ Black Friday deal! Print a special voucher from www.harkinstheatres.com and redeem it between noon and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28. The voucher is good for one FREE Harkins 2015 Loyalty Cup with the purchase of a $25 Harkins 2015 Loyalty T-shirt.

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H&M coming to Tempe Marketplace next fall

Vestar announced Monday the signing of H&M at Tempe Marketplace, located at the southwest corner of Loops 101 & 202 in Tempe, Ariz. H&M will open in fall 2015 in 20,000 square feet.
Established in Sweden in 1947, H&M is one of the world’s largest fashion retailers. They feature a wide range of fashion for women, men, teens and children and have made it a mission to offer fashion and quality at the best price, while reflecting the very latest in international fashion trends. They currently have more than 3,400 stores worldwide.
“We are thrilled to add H&M to our tenant mix at Tempe Marketplace,” said David Malin, Vice President – Acquisitions & Development for Vestar. “We are excited to add this fashion anchor to the District portion of the project. H&M further validates Tempe Marketplace as the strongest retail/entertainment destination in the East Valley.”

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Valley dining spots welcome patio season

It’s fall which means the desert is starting to cool down! Restaurant and bar goers all over the Valley begin to seek out the best spots to indulge in the beautiful Arizona weather. But look no further— these local restaurants have Valley residents covered with killer patios throughout Metro Phoenix.

TEMPE

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill: Located in Tempe Marketplace, Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill has a great wrap around patio. With a southwestern exposure, the Thirsty Lion patio is perfect for watching the fall sunset. At this hip gastropub, you’ll find great food, more than a dozen big screen TVs, two bars and 52 beers on tap. Enjoy happy hour, seven days a week from 3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. & again from 9:30 p.m. to close. For more information, visit www.thirstylionpub.com.

SCOTTSDALE

TapHouse Kitchen: Located at The Hilton Village in Scottsdale, this neighborhood kitchen features a seasonal menu of “Modern American Cuisine” prepared in a “Scratch” kitchen. The 3,500 square foot location accommodates 144 guests and features a rustic and woody décor. The restaurant has a fully air-conditioned patio, with a large garage door that creates an indoor- outdoor atmosphere. Take advantage of their happy hour seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy $2 off House Wine (Cupcake Chardonnay & Cabernet), $2 off all draft beer, spirits & wine on tap, $2 off all beer flights, $2 off all TapHouse Kitchen custom cocktails, $2 off Tap”House” Margaritas and $1 off all well drinks. TapHouse Kitchen is located at 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd, #108 in Scottsdale. To find out more visit them at TapHouseKitchen.com or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TapHouseKitchen.

Kelly’s at SouthBridge: To both enjoy the cool weather and feel the awesome Old Town atmosphere, hit Kelly’s at SouthBridge this fall. Their spacious outdoor patio, adorned with bright red umbrellas, is hard to miss—it’s the perfect place for lunch, dinner, happy hour or late night festivities. There’s also plenty of room for big groups or parties too! Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000 square foot upscale restaurant offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine and the perfect laid back atmosphere. Enjoy ½ price bottles of wine (with purchase of food) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and all day Sunday. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.

NORTH SCOTTSDALE

SOL Mexican Cocina: Located at the Scottsdale Quarter, SOL Mexican Cocina’s patio is the ideal place to sit back, relax and sip on margarita after a day of shopping or before a night out. The perfectly shaded patio features plush seating, an outdoor bar and a view overlooking the vibrant heart of Scottsdale. The restaurant’s menu features Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s bold, modern interpretations of traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. Designed to echo the expansive sea, sky, and desert of the Baja peninsula, SOL features old world charm juxtaposed with an urban comfort. For more information, visit www.solcocina.com.

DOWNTOWN PHOENIX

Tilted Kilt: Overlooking downtown Phoenix at Cityscape is where this patio is located. At this Celtic-themed pub and eatery, you will always find five things: ice cold beer and plenty of it, a mouthwatering menu full of traditional and contemporary pub fare, large TV screens showcasing sporting events, a festive atmosphere full of fun and friends, and attractive cast members eager to put a smile on your face and make you feel right at home. Enjoy specials on their “Hoppy Hour” menu throughout the week. www.tiltedkilt.com.

WEST VALLEY:

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Enjoy your favorite pizza while you soak up the beautiful fall season. Each of Grimaldi’s eight Arizona locations has a distinct patio. The Peoria location has one of the largest—lining the entire north side of the building with seating for about 50 people. So if you’re in the mood for pizza and cannoli or just want to enjoy a glass of vino or beer, Grimaldi’s in Peoria is a perfect place to unwind. For more information, visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com.

Uptown Alley: Uptown Alley, located in Surprise, is a 60,000 square foot family entertainment venue featuring bowling, an arcade, two-level laser tag, an ultra-lounge and more. Check out their great patio during this fall at their full-service restaurant, Red Embers Bar and Grill. Indulge in six-hundred calorie selections, gluten free dishes, craft sandwiches, new signature burgers and a custom Burger Bar. Guests can also take advantage of the special Tailgate Menu that’s available every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout football season. The menu includes items such as Smoked Turkey Legs, Chili Cheese Franks and Stadium Nachos. During the regular season every Sunday guests can enjoy the Touchdown Special that includes one game of bowling, shoe rental and a $5 game card all for just $7. Visit www.uptownalleysurprise.com for more information.

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Vestar celebrates 25th anniversary

Vestar, the largest privately held retail developer in the western US, is celebrating 25 years of creating and managing shopping and entertainment destinations. Today, Vestar owns and operates more than 23MSF of retail property located across several western states.

The company’s most noteworthy projects include Desert Ridge Marketplace, the award winning 1.2 million square foot entertainment and lifestyle center; Tempe Marketplace, the 1.2 million square foot power center; and the District at Tustin Legacy, a 1 million square foot regional center.

Vestar was founded in 1989 by the executive team of Richard J. Kuhle, Chairman and CEO, David J. Larcher, President, J. Paul Rhodes, Executive Vice President and the late Lee T. Hanley, past chairman. The company first established itself through successful development and management of large open-air retail destinations in Arizona and California.

Building on its philosophy of developing environmentally sensitive and culturally significant properties, Vestar has worked closely with neighborhood groups, communities and municipalities to ensure their projects integrate with and enrich their communities. This holistic approach led to expanded opportunity throughout the western United States.

In 2008, Vestar expanded its focus to include the increased acquisition and redevelopment of existing retail centers in order enhance their value and relevance to shoppers and their communities. In recent years, acquisitions have exceeded $1.5 billion, ushering in a new era of growth for the company.

“We’re proud of where we’ve been,” says David Larcher, President of Vestar. “But we’re just as excited about where we’re going. As a financially sound and well-capitalized company with a reputation for quality, the future is bright for Vestar, which makes our 25th anniversary a true celebration.”

Today the company remains based in Phoenix, and now has eleven regional offices including Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Dallas. Vestar’s portfolio includes properties in Texas, Colorado and Nevada, along with Arizona and California. The company’s valued partners and clients include UBS, La Salle, Heitman, AEW, Rockwood Capital, KIMCO, and the Carlyle Group among others.

In addition to its focus on community connection and involvement, Vestar has expanded its commitment to sustainability. The company’s proprietary GreenSTAR initiative aligns Vestar building techniques to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for the company’s new development projects. As a result, Vestar has received Silver LEED certification, and been recognized with the Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Award.

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Nordstrom Rack Signs Lease at Tempe Marketplace

Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. JWN +0.07% announced today plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Tempe Marketplace in Tempe. The approximately 35,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2014. The property is owned and managed by Vestar.
Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices. The Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com and specially-purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.
The new Nordstrom Rack will be the sixth Rack store in Arizona. The company operates two full-line Nordstrom stores at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chandler Fashion Center.
“Tempe Marketplace is a great spot for our fifth Nordstrom Rack in the Valley of the Sun,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “This new location can provide a closer-to-home option for customers in Tempe and we look forward to opening our doors next fall.”
The new Nordstrom Rack will open alongside a strong mix of retailers including Target, DSW, Old Navy and Steinmart. Located on Loop 101 & 102, Tempe Marketplace includes 1.3 million square feet of stores and restaurants.
“We are very excited to welcome Nordstrom Rack to Tempe Marketplace,” said David Malin, Director of Acquisitions and Development. “They are the perfect complement to the fashion component of our project and to our broad selection of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. We look forward to their fall opening in 2014.”

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Designer Shoe Warehouse Signs Tempe Marketplace Lease

CBRE has negotiated a 20,000-square-foot lease at Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, Ariz on behalf of DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse.

Todd Folger with CBRE’s Phoenix office negotiated on behalf of DSW. David Malin, director of acquisitions and development for Vestar, Inc. represented Tempe Marketplace.

This transaction continues to show the overall improvement in the Phoenix economy and is a notable indicator of the renewed confidence in the metro Phoenix retail market,” said CBRE’s Folger. “As always, I am very pleased to assist a tremendous retailer like DSW in their continued expansion in Arizona.”

Developed by Vestar in 2007, Tempe Marketplace is a premier, interactive shopping, dining and entertainment destination located at southwest corner of the loop 101 and 202 freeways in Tempe. The project features 1.3 million square feet of retail space and, in addition to the new lease with DSW, is home to prominent national retailers including Target, Cost Plus World Market, Old Navy, JC Penny, GAP and Best Buy. It is also home to the first Arizona location for Dave & Busters.

DSW is a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer. The retail giant operates 393 stores across the U.S., including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition to the new location at Tempe Marketplace, DSW’s other Valley locations include stores at Gateway Pavilions in Avondale, Arrowhead Crossing in Peoria, Scottsdale Fiesta in Scottsdale, Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix, Chandler Village Center in Chandler and San Tan Village in Gilbert. DSW’s Tempe Marketplace location will open in the spring of 2014.

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Celebrate the Way of the Irish: Valley St. Patrick's Day Events

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and whether you spent it alone or with a special someone, it is time to move on to the next big day of the year. A day that, no matter your relationship status, we can all celebrate pressure-free.

It’s time to transition from red roses and chocolates to green beer and corned beef hash, teddy bears with bag-pipes. Restaurants throughout the Valley are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day with specialty menus, live entertainment and specialty cocktails. Festivities are set for the greenest time of the year and Leprechauns are gearing up to make their annual debut.

Get your best green ensemble ready and check out one, or all of these Valley St. Patrick’s Day events!

The Tilted Kilt

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is gearing up for its annual Irish Hooley menu. The authentic Irish menu is offered now through St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at all six Valley locations. Dishes featured on the menu include; Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Hash, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Scotch Eggs, and a variety of Irish-themed cocktails and desserts. Each location will host an Irish-themed party on St. Patty’s Day!

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Thirsty Lion

Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill, gastro-pub at Tempe Marketplace, is embracing its Irish roots and offering a specialty menu and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day. March 15 through March 17 will feature live music from CooBee Coo, Irish bagpipers, and a performance from the Easton Ashe.

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Kelly’s at Southbridge

Kelly’s At Southbridge is your one-stop-pub for St. Patrick’s Day fun. Located on Sixth Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale, the 8,000 square-foot, swanky pub will feature live music and food and drink specials Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Kelly’s can pull the perfect pint of Guinness and fool you into thinking you’re in the Emerald Isle.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the parade will begin at 10 a.m., and proceeds south along Third Street, from Sheridan to Moreland streets. The Faire begins immediately following the parade at Margaret T. Hance Park at North Central Avenue and West Culver Street, and will feature Irish music, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food and beverages, Irish crafts and novelties and a children’s play area. Adult faire tickets are $10, free for children and for the parade

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Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party, the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Scottsdale’s St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Block Party gates open Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and the event runs until 2 a.m. The block party on North Craftsman Court in Scottsdale is a 21 and over event, and admission includes a street party, entrance to bars Dos Gringos, Rockbar Inc. and Blitz Sports Bar, plus tons of live entertainment. Tickets are $15.

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St. Patrick’s Day Run & Beer Garden

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the sixth annual four-mile run/walk and beer garden! The new course for this year will run through Tempe’s Kiwanis Park. Quench your post- or pre-race thirst at the beer garden, and don’t forget to wear your best green running gear! Saturday, March 16, the bar opens at 4 p.m. and race begins at 5 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Registration is $30 through 10 a.m. March 16.

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CELEBRATE THE WAY OF THE IRISH: VALLEY ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENTS

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and whether you spent it alone or with a special someone, it is time to move on to the next big day of the year. A day that, no matter your relationship status, we can all celebrate pressure-free.

It’s time to transition from red roses and chocolates to green beer and corned beef hash, teddy bears with bag-pipes. Restaurants throughout the Valley are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day with specialty menus, live entertainment and specialty cocktails. Festivities are set for the greenest time of the year and Leprechauns are gearing up to make their annual debut.

Get your best green ensemble ready and check out one, or all of these Valley St. Patrick’s Day events!

TK st pattysThe Tilted Kilt

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is gearing up for its annual Irish Hooley menu. The authentic Irish menu is offered now through St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at all six Valley locations. Dishes featured on the menu include; Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Hash, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Scotch Eggs, and a variety of Irish-themed cocktails and desserts. Each location will host an Irish-themed party on St. Patty’s Day!

tiltedkilt.com

Kelly’s at Southbridge

Kelly’s At Southbridge is your one-stop-pub for St. Patrick’s Day fun. Located on Sixth Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale, the 8,000 square-foot, swanky pub will feature live music and food and drink specials Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Kelly’s can pull the perfect pint of Guinness and fool you into thinking you’re in the Emerald Isle.

kellysatsouthbridge.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the parade will begin at 10 a.m., and proceeds south along Third Street, from Sheridan to Moreland streets. The Faire begins immediately following the parade at Margaret T. Hance Park at North Central Avenue and West Culver Street, and will feature Irish music, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food and beverages, Irish crafts and novelties and a children’s play area. Adult faire tickets are $10, free for children and for the parade

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Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party, the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Scottsdale’s St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Block Party gates open Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and the event runs until 2 a.m. The block party on North Craftsman Court in Scottsdale is a 21 and over event, and admission includes a street party, entrance to bars Dos Gringos, Rockbar Inc. and Blitz Sports Bar, plus tons of live entertainment. Tickets are $15.

scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com

tl st pattys 2Thirsty Lion

Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill, gastro-pub at Tempe Marketplace, is embracing its Irish roots and offering a specialty menu and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day. March 15 through March 17 will feature live music from CooBee Coo, Irish bagpipers, and a performance from the Easton Ashe.

thirstylionpub.com/tempe

St. Patrick’s Day Run & Beer Garden

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the sixth annual four-mile run/walk and beer garden! The new course for this year will run through Tempe’s Kiwanis Park. Quench your post- or pre-race thirst at the beer garden, and don’t forget to wear your best green running gear! Saturday, March 16, the bar opens at 4 p.m. and race begins at 5 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Registration is $30 through 10 a.m. March 16.

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Food, Entertainment & Shopping: Tempe Marketplace

I headed up to Tempe Marketplace to check out the shops and restaurants that keep college students returning throughout the school year. Being a student from Arizona State University, many of the people within the city of Tempe and college students gather here to pass the time. Whether you want to go to the movies, try new restaurants, or even shop for new outfits or dorm supplies, Tempe Marketplace has what you’re looking for.

Starving by the time my boyfriend and I arrived, we were tasked with the choice of which restaurant to choose. Some of the restaurants available are California Pizza Kitchen, Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbeque, Kabuki, Red Robin, Chipotle and the Thirsty Lion.

We decided on Chipotle, a Mexican grill offering burritos, bowls, tacos, and even kids meals. The variety allows you to make to the right choice, such as vegetarian style, chicken, steak, and barbacoa beef. As we emerged from Chipotle, full, we were quickly tempted by the smell of popcorn in the air (thanks to the nearby Harkins Theatre) as well as the ice cream and frozen yogurt eaten by passersby (from Cold Stone Creamery and Mojo Yogurt, respectively).

Escaping temptation, we made a quick stop into Claire’s, greeted with Justin Bieber hats, flip-flops, purses and other colorful treasures for teens and young girls alike. If you know what you’re looking for, there are numerous earrings and jewelry that are perfect for even a college student’s wardrobe.

In search of pop culture attire more our age group, we ventured into Hot Topic. From Mario to Disney, you can’t help but pick out a variety of things you simply can’t live without.

With so many stores within a few steps of one another, we quickly visited 20 shops, including Tilly’s, Journey’s, Pac Sun, Lids, Oakley, Target, Ross and World Market.

Tempe Marketplace is also the perfect place to stay updated with upcoming shows at ASU Gammage. The previous season was posted, but other upcoming events that Tempe Marketplace sponsored are listed along the paths between the various stores.

Near Barnes & Noble, there is a kid-splash fountain for little ones to play in. Many happy moms were taking advantage of this amenity and watched their little ones play as they sat in the shade. The area, called The District”, has free Wi-Fi, and Tempe Marketplace is pet friendly.

I look forward to another visit to Tempe Marketplace to explore the stores as well as try more food from the variety of restaurants.

For more information about Tempe Marketplace, visit tempemarketplace.com.

Tempe Marketplace
2030 East Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 966-9338
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Retail Centers - AZRE Magazine July/August 2011

Arizona's Retail Centers Are Top Economic Drivers

Arizona’s Retail Industry, Retail Centers Top Economic Driver

The world of retail has come a long way since Arizona’s first shopping center, Park Central Mall, opened in 1957. Back then, the state was known mostly for cowboys, cactus and critters.

How times have changed.

Arizona’s retail industry is now one of the state’s top economic drivers, as spectacular shopping centers have sprung up from the desert floor over the years.

The History of Arizona’s Shopping and Retail Centers

Built in 1961, trendy Scottsdale Fashion Square is Arizona’s largest retail center at 2 MSF. The Westcor-developed mall is home to high-end retailers such as Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Gucci and Neiman Marcus.

To appreciate the history of retail in Arizona, however, one simply needs to return to its roots: Park Central Mall.

Located on Central Avenue in midtown Phoenix, Park Central Mall originally was anchored by Goldwater’s, Diamond’s and a “five-and-dime” store. It was an open-air facility that helped put Arizona on the real restate map. It served as the first stepping stone to Arizona’s long history of retail. The next two major projects — Christown Mall and Metro Center — also are key milestones on that timeline. Rick Hearn, director of leasing at Vestar Development Company, recognizes their historical importance.

“Christown, Metro Center, Park Central — what was happening in Arizona was also happening around the country. We were in step with the rest of the world,” Hearn says.

Christown, now known as Phoenix Spectrum Mall, was Arizona’s third shopping center. As the state’s first closed center, it also was one of the first air-conditioned malls in the Western United States.

According to Stan Sanchez, president and partner of De Rito Partners, much of Christown’s appeal and success were a result of the surrounding mixed-use amenities. There were multiple components including hotels, auto malls and other retail stores. These elements enhanced Christown’s viability in particular, and Arizona retail in general.

Metro Center, at 1.39 MSF, is Arizona’s second largest retail center. When it opened in October 1973, it was considered one of the largest malls in the country. With two levels and a series of popular anchors, Metro Center set a great precedent for later retails projects in Arizona and the U.S.

According to Hearn, Metro Center was a step away from the typical “mom-and-pop centers,” but certainly a step in the right direction. It wasn’t just a retail center; it was a commercial location as well, building on the mixed-use components for which Christown had previously become famous.

Malls such as Metro Center catered to typical shoppers and enabled them to purchase multiple, everyday needs in one easy trip.

“As (retail) developers we really have to cater to the retailers,” says Jim Pederson, chairman of The Pederson Group. Pederson, along with other real estate developers, also made it a point to identify the needs of the consumers.

Metro Center was a stepping stone to the next level for Arizona, De Rito’s Sanchez says. And that next level would be achieved with each additional project after Metro Center. Scottsdale Pavilions, recently renamed The Pavilions at Talking Stick, was built in 1989. It was one of the first retail centers built on Native American land in Arizona.

Today it’s a 1.1 MSF open-air “power center” with retailers such as Sports Authority, Target, Home Depot and Walmart. According to Chuck Carlise, president of De Rito Partners, the strongest anchors for shopping centers are grocery stores. As the “bread and butter” of De Rito and other developers, grocery stores have proven to be a very successful format for retail.

But more goes into building a successful retail center in Arizona than just anchor stores, especially in the unavoidable heat of the desert. In the middle of summer, shoppers need a place to go and a place to eat that will shelter them from the blistering sun. With retail centers such as Mesa Riverview and Tempe Marketplace, there is the option to shop, eat or play inside and out.

“It’s important to withstand the extreme temperatures while still taking care of the people’s needs” Pederson says.

Mesa Riverview, a De Rito development that opened in 2007, targets a broad audience and all aspects of the consumer with office buildings, auto malls, retail stores and other commercial businesses. From a trendsetter’s standpoint, Hearn of Vestar understands the need for people to avoid the heat and the need to design projects that can keep them cool and happy.

Part of what keeps shoppers happy is the lifestyle component of destinations such as Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarters, which include residences, hospitality, entertainment, office and retail.

Designed in 1997 to be the first urban village to integrate mixed-use with outdoor shopping, Kierland Commons (on the Phoenix-Scottsdale border) opened in 2000 and has served as a benchmark for similar mixed-use projects around the nation.

“If you were able to take a look from a satellite view, it was really the evolution of the communities that led to the method the developers used to custom tailor the development to Arizona’s lifestyle and how they wanted to live” Sanchez explains.

CityScape in Downtown Phoenix is another example of how Arizona retail has evolved. As Phoenix grew, CityScape, a mixed-use skyscraper, became a part of the downtown skyline. Part of the appeal, according to Hearn, is the downtown office, urban feel that CityScape provides. It’s unique to the area, but gives Phoenix a great deal of character. The only aspects missing are quality residential developments.

Despite the recession and record-high vacancy rates in Arizona’s retail sector, there is hope for the future.

“Phoenix has always rebounded,” Hearn says. “We’re in the top 11 states for job growth and for relocation. We have a quality of life that no one else has.”

That quality of life is evident at such retail projects as Scottsdale Fashion Square, Chandler Fashion Square and San Tan Village in Gilbert

From its start in 1957, Arizona retail has grown into a formidable industry across the state. With mixed-use, open air and luxury options, shoppers have every aspect of retail at their fingertips.

“The beauty of how Arizona’s retail has evolved is the fact it created your Saturday mid-day experience,” Sanchez says. “Arizona developers have given the public all they need for every day of the week.”

AZRE Magazine July/August 2011

View from Papago Peak, Tempe, Arizona

Showing Another Side Of Tempe Nightlife

Tempe can be a pretty beautiful place if you know where to go — especially at night.

Instead of going to a number of different bars or clubs in Tempe, it is worth it to take a walk and see how the light in darkness changes the normal, dry look we are all so accustomed to.

The sunsets are particularly beautiful on many different occasions. I feel that you can’t fully judge Tempe until you post up in a comfortable spot when the clouds are just right and see a truly amazing display of color.

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Massage Envy: Getting Rubbed the Right Way

I’m standing in a dimly lit room with a table in front of me. There is soothing music emanating from my right. The question I’m asking myself is, “What exactly is my level of comfort?”

I quickly undress and fight to entirely cover myself with the sheet while I awkwardly climb onto the heated massage table before Rose returns. She begins by asking a few questions and massaging my back. I opted for the Swedish Massage — the most popular — with some deep tissue for the problem areas. She also works my legs, arms and face. Before I know it, 50 minutes have passed and Rose informs me she will wait outside with a glass of water.

This was my first experience at Massage Envy. I thought I should give them a try since, in my free time, I regularly beat myself up hiking, canyoneering and rappelling. Toting a load that weighs more than 50 pounds — for multiple days backpacking or canyoneering — full of wet ropes, webbing and gear tends to make one’s shoulders and back awfully sore.Man getting a massage

I was at the newest location in Tempe Marketplace. Massage Envy opened in 2002 with its first store at the Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road. It has or is planning on opening 862 locations with more than 600 already open. Arizona currently has 30 locations.

The International Spa Association (ISPA) confirms that Massage Envy is now the largest spa chain in the world. It performs more than 1 million services each month to more than 920,000 members. Despite a sluggish economy, membership is up 23% from 2009.

Massage Envy’s philosophy is three-fold:

  • Professionalism: 100% of its therapists are trained and licensed, where required;
  • Affordability: $49 a month in Arizona;
  • Convenience: Locations are open evenings and weekends so people can get pain or stress relief when they need it — often without even making an appointment.

 

Massage Envy is the world’s largest employer of licensed/registered therapists, with more than 16,000 therapists providing more than 250,000 massages every week. In March 2010, it performed its 20-millionth massage. In 2008, Massage Envy partnered with skin care giant Murad, Inc. to launch a new concept: Massage Envy Spa. Murad is one of the world’s most respected skincare companies and was founded by a professor of dermatology at UCLA.

New for 2011 are two signature services: the “Choices” program of:

  • AromaTherapy
  • Deep Heat Relief Muscle Therapy

 

Massage Envy is also active in the community. It has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and raised more than $1.8 million for the breast cancer organization.