After opening in October following a remodeling, the Bashas’ Supermarket in Carefree has seen an increase in foot traffic by 24 to 40 percent daily compared to a year ago, according to the Town of Carefree.

The newly remodeled Bashas’ at 36889 N. Tom Darlington Dr., received multiple new amenities featuring an updated floor layout, expanded offerings including a wider selection of organic and better-for-you foods and a new Starbucks that opens to the outdoors for stunning patio views of Black Mountain.

The grab-and-go concept has proven successful with residents and visitors, along with the new sushi bar that showcases chefs crafting fresh rolls onsite daily. The salad bar and the assortment of hot soups available just in time for the cooler weather has also been a favorite for locals looking for a quick lunch.

“We are thrilled with the overall response, and support, from the Carefree community,” says Edward Basha, president and CEO of Bashas’ Family of Stores. “Our store remodels not only enhance the overall customer experience but each reflects the unique interests and needs of the community it serves.”

Mayor Les Peterson explains, “The success truly reflects the satisfaction of our residents and visitors and underscores the validity of Bashas making a long term investment in the Town. We welcome stimulated growth in surrounding businesses because of the re-opening and how it will measurably contribute to the economic success of Carefree through the meaningful sales tax the store generates.”