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Terminix to Open Office at Westgate Entertainment District, Will Bring 300 Jobs to Ariz.

iStar Financial announced today that Terminix, the world’s largest pest control provider, will open a new customer care center at Westgate Entertainment District in October that will bring as many as 300 jobs to Arizona and help invigorate activity within the office buildings of the Entertainment District.

At 32,800 square feet, the deal is the largest office lease in Westgate’s history. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company is expanding its customer service operations to Arizona and will take over the entire second floor of the east office building beginning October 1.

“With Westgate’s attributes, including over 15 on-site restaurants and abundant parking, we strategically and aggressively targeted large corporate users and are pleased to announce the full-floor lease to Terminix,” said Jeff Teetsel, development manager of Westgate Entertainment District. “This is the largest office lease in Westgate’s history, and is another indication of our positive momentum. With our direct freeway access and ease and efficiency for employees to walk to lunch, we have a uniquely desirable mixed-use environment for office tenants.”

The announcement comes on the heels of strong leasing activity at Westgate Entertainment District in recent months including signed leases from Buffalo Wild Wings and Whiskey Rose Bar & Grill and the recent openings of Chipotle, Gallery Glendale and The Arizona Republic, which relocated its West Valley office earlier this year.

“This lease is a validation of the market’s response to the nearly $1 million in investments iStar has made in upgrades to the property over the past year that includes improving the parking lot and common areas and installing new signage to benefit office tenants,” said Teetsel.

Terminix, a company with revenues exceeding $1.3 billion, is the largest subsidiary of ServiceMaster, one of the world’s largest residential service networks. Terminix services more than 3 million residential and commercial customers in 47 states and 14 countries.

“This new Arizona facility reinforces our commitment to enhancing the Terminix customer experience and providing one-call resolution to any customer questions or concerns,” said Larry Pruitt, president of Terminix.  “Terminix already earns best-in-class service ratings from customers, and this new center will help us take that service to an even higher level.”

Terminix conducted a site selection process throughout the western United States, narrowed the focus to Denver, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, and ultimately selected metro Phoenix and Glendale specifically.

CBRE’s Bryan Taute and Brad Anderson represented the landlord and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Aaron Sommer, of the Atlanta office, and Geoffrey Waldrom and Dan Dobric, of the Phoenix office, represented the tenant.

The City of Glendale Economic Development Department worked to expedite permit processing and coordination to help the tenant meet its expedited occupancy target date. Jeanine Jerkovic in City’s Economic Development department coordinated the City’s efforts, along with Department Director Brian Friedman.

For more information about Westgate Entertainment District, visit www.westgateaz.com.

Fountain Park Day

Light Up the Fourth of July at Westgate City Center

The sky will light up over Westgate Entertainment District this Fourth of July during Firework Fest from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4 during the West Valley’s largest fireworks show and festival.

Early in the day, bring your blankets or lawn chairs and relax at Westgate’s Fountain Park . While kids play and cool off at the Splash Pad, families can enjoy face painting and live music featuring classic American Rock & Roll tunes, along with an incredible historic military vehicle display featuring a vintage helicopter and more.

Picnic in the park with grab-and-go box dinner deals from participating Westgate restaurants before and during the 25-minute fireworks show. Or, pull up and park in any Westgate parking lot to catch the fireworks and enjoy grab & go dinners “drive-in style.” Then, if you’re 21 or older, stick around after the fireworks show for a fun and festive All-American Pub Crawl (with drink specials!). Military members can show their ID to receive exclusive VIP savings during the event.

168658733Fourth of July specials and military deals will include:

Calico Jack’s Cantina
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – $5 “dinner-in-a-bag.” Adult bag comes with a bean & cheese burrito and chips. Kid’s bag comes with a choice of bean & cheese burrito or cheese quesadilla and chips. Create a family of four meal for $20.
All-American Pub Crawl – $1 drinks from 9-11pm and $2 drinks from 11pm-midnight (all drinks are wells, wines, and domestic drafts). No cover.
Military members – Receive 10% off total bill with military ID.
www.calicojacksglendale.com, 623-877-5225

Grab & Go Dinner Deal – $2 hot dogs and $5 pub salads.
All-American Pub Crawl – $1 drinks from 9-11pm and $2 drinks from 11pm-midnight (all drinks are wells, wines, and domestic drafts). No cover.
Military members – Receive 10% off with military ID.
www.mcfaddensglendale.com, 623-872-0022

Saddle Ranch Chop House
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – 2 Chicken Tacos for $5.50.
All-American Pub Crawl – Red, White & Blue Specialty Carafe for $12.
Military members – Receive 10% off with military ID.
www.srrestaurants.com/glendale, 623-889-7770

The Shout! House
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – Burger or foot-long hot dog, fries and soda for $8.
All-American Pub Crawl – $5 Big Ass Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. No cover.
Military members – Receive $2 Domestic Drafts with military ID.
Doors open at 7pm. Pianos at 8pm.
www.theshouthouse.com/az, 623-772-1500

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – 50% off all to-go appetizers from 4-7pm (excluding Volcano Nachos). Kids eat free with the purchase of two adult entrees (receive one free kids meal with the purchase of two entrees.)
All-American Pub Crawl ­­– 20 oz. Landshark Lager for $4.
Military members – Receive 15% off total bill with military ID.
www.facebook.com/margaritavilleglendale, 623-772-0011

Hell’s Half Acre
All-American Pub Crawl – $3 tall boy cans and $5 Fireball shots all night.
Military members – Receive 25% off total bill with military ID.
www.facebook.com/pages/Hells-Half-Acre, 623-877-8447

Shane’s Rib Shack
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – Three-piece Chicken Tenders with side and 20 oz. drink or Big Dad BBQ Pork Sandwich with side and 20 oz. drink for $6.
All-American Pub Crawl – All Bottled Beer is $2 (Dine in Only).
Military members – Receive 10% off on all regular-priced menu items with military ID.
www.shanesribshack.com, 623-877-7427

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Grab & Go Dinner Deal ­- Traditional and combination dinner entrees including soup, salad and rice starting at $11.95.
Military members – Receive 15% off with military ID.
www.kabukirestaurants.com, 623-772-9832

Johnny Rockets
Grab & Go Dinner Deal ­ – Burger, chips and soda for $8.
Military members – Receive 20% off total bill with military ID.
www.johnnyrockets.com, 623-877-2977

Which Wich
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – Regular-size combo meal with a regular ‘wich, chips and fountain drink for $6.50 or get two combos for $12.
Military members – Receive free chips and a drink with a purchase of a ‘wich with military ID.
www.whichwich.com, 623-977-9424

Mama Gina’s
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – Sandwich, chips and 20 oz. beverage for $8.50.
Military members – Receive 20% off total bill with military ID (excludes alcohol).
mamaginaspizzeria.com, 623-872-0300

Cold Stone Creamery
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – 7.5 oz. Cold Stone Creamery Signature Ice Cream Creation along with a bottle of Dasani water for $5 (four flavors to choose from).
Military members – Receive 10% off total bill with military ID.
www.coldstonecreamery.com, 623-877-1580

Just Sports
Military members – Receive 20% off one regular-priced item.
www.justsportsaz.com, 623-872-9490

La Lady Designs
Red, white and blue merchandise is 20% off.
Military members – Receive 15% off all merchandise with military ID.
www.facebook.com/laladydesigns, 623-872-9677

Firework Fest is sponsored by Westgate Entertainment District, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, Southwest Ambulance, Century Link, Sanderson Ford and The City of Glendale.

The Wigwam, litchfield Park, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Arizona’s Tourism Industry Has A Legacy Going Back More Than 100 Years

As one of the largest economic drivers, tourism has helped to shape Arizona’s culture and lifestyle long before it even became a state in 1912.

The Arizona Office of Tourism won’t be releasing 2010s tourism economic impact numbers until July, but in 2009, more than 35 million visitors spent $16.6 billion in Arizona. In addition, the industry generates an estimated $2.4 billion in local, state and federal tax revenues.

To trace the beginning of this industry’s roots, you must go back to the late 1800s, when the railroad finally crossed Arizona (it crossed Southern Arizona in 1881 and Northern Arizona in 1883). Jim Turner, historian and author of “Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State,” says that during this time, the Fred Harvey Company and Santa Fe Railway began marketing tours of Pueblo Indian villages in New Mexico and the Hopi villages in Arizona. Harvey’s stamp on Arizona is still evident today, most notably at the Grand Canyon with the continued operation of his El Tovar Hotel, wGrand Canyon Hotel, Williams, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011hich opened in 1905.

The Grand Canyon Hotel in Williams was also popular during this time, because for several years it was the closest hotel to the Grand Canyon at 65 miles away. Built in 1891, the hotel is considered the oldest in the state still in operation. It sat vacant for more than 30 years until 2004, when Oscar and Amy Fredrickson bought it and performed extensive renovations following decades of neglect.

“There’s such a niche for this type of business with the historic aspect of Route 66 and the hotel itself,” Fredrickson says.

The tourism market changed drastically in the 1920s. Factories began offering employees two-weeks paid time off, and with the advent of affordable cars and roads crossing the United States, such as Route 66 in 1926, more people began taking cross-country vacations. This was the start of automobile tourism in Arizona, Turner explains, with auto camps and motor hotels popping up every few miles along the entire highway.

Dude ranches also began operating throughout Arizona, especially in Wickenburg, where at the height of dude ranching popularity there were 13, says Julie Brooks, executive director of Wickenburg’s Chamber of Commerce. Today that number is down to four. Some of the closed dude ranches, she says, have reverted back to private family homes, while others have actually taken on the needs of other industries, such as the transition of Slash Bar K Ranch into The Meadows, a treatment center for addiction and trauma.

Among those dude ranches still operating is the Flying E Ranch, a 19,500-acre working ranch that transitioned into a dude ranch in 1946. In its infancy, the ranch had eight guest rooms, but that has now increased to 17 rooms, including two family houses, for a total occupancy of 34. The original guest rooms still contain their original chairs and lamps.

Many of the Flying E Ranch’s guests are repeat customers, says general manager Andrea Taylor, adding that one of the lessons she’s learned over the years is that guests don’t want anything at the ranch to change.

“I find that I can’t pull away from tradition,” she says. “People have grown to love what they have here. It’s like coming home to grandma’s house.”

The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, which first opened in 1929, also has evolved with the ever-changing needs of tourists. Celebrities were often found at the resort. Marilyn Monroe was quoted as referring to the pool there as her favorite, and Irving Berlin wrote his famous “White Christmas” while sitting by the same pool. The resort has had several additions and renovations since then, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. One of the most recent changes came in 2009, when the Arizona Wing was renovated and renamed Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore. This “hotel within a hotel” offers even more amenities and elite service for those looking for the ultimate in a pampered vacation.

Tourism died down during World War II, Turner says, as everyone was involved in the war effort. But after the war, thanks to savings bonds and the GI Bill, people could afford to travel again. For the next several decades, motor hotels continued to thrive, but the fascination with the Western lifestyle slowly dissipated as destination tourism rose. Picking up in the 1970s and strengthening even today, tourists now seek the ultimate destination vacation experience, especially in areas that promote golf and spas, Turner says.

As the needs and wants of travelers evolved, hotels throughout the state also changed to accommodate them. The Westward Look Resort in Tucson, which was originally built as a family home in 1912, transitioned into a guest ranch in the 1920s, and evolved once again in the 1960s, when it became Tucson’s first resort. Today, in addition to deluxe accommodations and luxurious spa activities, the resort also encourages guests to engage in recreational tourism through its nature programs, which include horseback riding and hiking trails.

A more recent example of the continuing evolution of hotels is The Wigwam in Litchfield Park. The Wigwam’s identity has altered several times during its history. Originally built as an organizational house for Goodyear Tire and Rubber executives in 1918, it became a dude rancThe Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011h in 1929, and as with The Westward Look Resort, it later added more deluxe amenities including golf and spa activities. The Wigwam just completed a $7 million renovation in January, a process that was necessary to not only stay current with today’s tourists, but also to prepare for the next generation.

“The Wigwam has been here for almost 100 years because it’s always been the type of property that adapted to different generations and different travelers and how those needs are ever changing,” says Frank Ashmore, director of sales and marketing at The Wigwam.

Sedona has always been a popular city for tourists, as well, due to its red mountain scenery. But in the late 1980s, it became even more well known when it was decided that Sedona had more metaphysical spiritual centers than anywhere else in the world, Turner says. Suddenly people were flocking to Sedona to discern this phenomena for themselves. This continues to be a draw for tourists today and many books can be found on the subject.

Business tourism also has had a large impact on Arizona, especially in the Greater Phoenix area. George Munz, general manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, says 85 percent of the hotel’s guests are staying in town for business. The needs of business travelers, he says, are different from leisure travelers, especially in terms of speed and efficiency. And business tourism, Munz adds, helps boost leisure tourism as well.

“While (a guest) may come to my hotel for business, they may come back and go to the Royal Palms or Camelback Inn or The Phoenician,” Munz explains.

Even sports have played a part in Arizona’s tourism growth. While MLB spring training camps can be found throughout Greater Phoenix, the impact of sports tourism is probably most apparent in Glendale. After the opening of Westgate City Center, Jobing.com Arena and the University of Phoenix stadium, the number of Glendale’s hotels doubled and its occupancy more than tripled, says Lorraine Pino, tourism manager at the Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

It was thanks in part to this sports surge that Glendale took the steps necessary to change its tourism office into an official CVB.

“Our tourism literally exploded over the past few years and with that we really needed to have that official designation,” Pino says.

Tourism in the entire West Valley will get to reap the benefits of the Glendale CVB, as Pino and her team will now work to promote all 13 cities in the region.

Debbie Johnson, president and CEO of the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, says that the efforts of hotels and tourism leaders throughout Arizona has helped mold the state into what it is today and where it will go in the future.

“Arizona wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t have the tourism industry we have,” she says. “I really believe (tourism) is what makes Arizona so special.”

Arizona Business Magazine July/August 2011

Seafood in white dish

New Italian Eatery Bice Bistro Opens In Glendale’s Westgate City Center

Bice Bistro at Westgate City Center Among the array of restaurants at the ever-growing Westgate City Center in Glendale is a new standout: Bice Bistro.

The Italian restaurant has a contemporary feel from the moment you step inside. The decor is light and sophisticated, and attention is immediately drawn to the wine wall lining one entire side of the restaurant. Televisions tuned to sporting events hang above the bar at the front, but there is quieter, more intimate seating in the back.

When my dining companions and I first saw the menu, we knew we were in for quite a treat. Bice Bistro offers a wide variety of Italian food, including pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, fish and meat. As soon as the bread arrived at the table, it was clear that we would not be disappointed with the overall meal. The bread was served with butter spiced with flecks of red pepper, making it difficult to save room for the entrees as we gorged on the high-carb treat.

Of the appetizers we chose to sample, the overwhelming table favorite was the calamari. Served with mushrooms, zucchini and a spicy tomato sauce, it was perfectly cooked — the lightest and fluffiest I have ever tasted. Not surprisingly, it was much fought-over and completely devoured before too much time had passed.

Luckily, our salads soon arrived and diverted our attention. Bice Bistro offers the usual green and Caesar salads, and the Caesar, which had a hint of garlic, was definitely delicious. The star salad of the evening, however, was what our lovely waitress called the “house specialty.” The baby spinach salad came with beets, goat cheese, pine nuts and lemon vinaigrette. The beets in particular were fresh, and even those of us who had never tasted beets before thoroughly enjoyed them.

Before long our entrees were served and, as with the appetizers and salads, we were pleasantly surprised by the diversity of flavors. Our pizza of choice, fotomodella, had tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, arugula, and the key ingredient, truffle oil. Needless to say, it was distinct from any pizza any of us had ever tasted, and it was easily a favorite. Another favorite entree was the crab-and-shrimp-stuffed ravioli with a lobster cream sauce. The ravioli is made in-house, and it was perfectly cooked. The rich and creamy sauce, however, was what really made the dish.

Finally, it was time for dessert. Although we all thought we had filled up, we still managed to relish three delicious treats: tiramisu, chocolate souffle and mango sorbet. The tiramisu and souffle were equally exquisite, and we were all impressed with how rich the souffle was without being overly sweet. The sorbet, which also is offered in other fruity flavors, was simple yet delicious — the perfect alternative if you’re just not hungry enough for a full dessert, but can’t imagine walking away with nothing. AZ Business Magazine March 2010

So the next time you’re at Westgate and feeling overwhelmed by the vast number of restaurants vying for your business, relax — Bice Bistro will not disappoint.

If You Go:
Bice Bistro
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., #E-110
Westgate City Center, Glendale
(623) 877-4760


AZ Business Magazine

March 2010