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Business Briefcase - January 25, 2017

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Welcome to the Business Briefcase, everyone. Thanks for turning the dials to tune in to the latest edition.

We’ll just gloss over the fact that nobody really has to turn a dial anymore. Heck, nowadays you just have to say what you want to watch/listen to out loud and technology will do the rest.

I’m not meaning to drag you wonderful Briefcase readers on a trip down the technology memory lane, or even pre-memory with telegraphs and the phonograph.

Let’s look to the future! At least the immediate future of business news. Here are this week’s updates.

First, some sad news in the animal world.

Estrella Animal Hospital has closed for the time being to reorganize following the death of Bill Joslin, the founder of the clinic.

Estrella Animal Hospital, at 10865 W. Indian School Road in Avondale, shut down indefinitely at the turn of the new year. A target reopening date has not been set.

Pet owners who’ve not done so can get a copy of their records by emailing eahreception@hotmail.com with your name and pet’s name and a way to get in contact.

The Briefcase will keep its ear to the ground to let people know when Estrella Animal Hospital plans on reopening once that information becomes available.

The owners of Fringe Salon in Litchfield Park are opening a new location at 4900 N. Litchfield Road, Suite C-2, called Beauty Box Salon and Suites.

The new salon will have stations available for rent, as well as private rooms.

For information on the salon or one of the positions, contact Randee Marafioti at 623-242-4727.

The Avondale City Council recently approved an economic agreement with the Vitamin Shoppe to open its new distribution facility in an 187,000-square-foot building at Van Buren Street and 127th Avenue.

The distribution center will be located at a newly built, but existing, facility at the Coldwater Depot Center, and will create 110 jobs at full capacity.

The company chose the Avondale location because of its numerous advantages, Richard Tennenbaum, The Vitamin Shoppe senior vice president, said in a press release.

We were attracted to the location and easy access to major transportation lanes, the availability of skilled warehousing labor, and the excellent working relationship we established with the local supporting business partners,” Tennenbaum said.

The Avondale City Council approved the agreement Jan. 17.

Lastly, here’s some very early news on a new pizza chain supposedly heading to the West Valley, among other places.

Blast and Brew is planning on opening 15 locations in the metropolitan Phoenix area, including one in Goodyear in the foreseeable future.

The casual pizza chain, and self-pour specialists — that’s right, you pour your own beer — offers pizza, sandwiches and wraps.

That’s about as much detail as I can give (or conversely, as much as Blast and Brew is able to offer). The Briefcase will be on it once this gets closer to realization, whenever that may be.

That’s all for this week, folks.

As always, send questions, tips or comments to smcowen@westvalleyview.com, or reach the Briefcase on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen. You know, methods of contact in the new technological age. I’ve actually received mail through the U.S. Postal Service, so feel free to reach the Briefcase that way as well.

Take care, everyone, and have a great week.

 

Shane McOwen can be reached at smcowen@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

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