Business Briefcase - March 1, 2017

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Welcome to the Business Briefcase, everyone!

Don’t look now, but it’s March 1! Time sure does fly. It’s hard to tell in Arizona, because time doesn’t seem linear. How else can you explain the end of February being colder than some of the days in the middle of January?

The space-time continuum is a conspiracy, I tell you.

Hold on, let me take the tinfoil hat off my head. How’d that get there?

On a serious note, the Briefcase would like to wish Buckeye Economic Development Director Len Becker good luck on his new journey. Briefcase Headquarters tips its hat (not the tinfoil kind) to you for all the help over the years.

Let’s get to business.

First up, Elevate Trampoline Park is now open for business in Goodyear at 701 N. 137th Ave.

Elevate opened Feb. 25, but is celebrating the occasion Friday with discounted rates for its open jump sessions.

The indoor trampoline park has 23,000 square feet of activity space, featuring trampolines, dodge ball, foam pits, a rock wall and various other options.

If you’re planning on going, make sure you visit the website to download waiver forms in advance to make the visit that much easier.

For information, visit or call 602-795-0755.

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration for Little Caesars at 13760 W. Camelback Road in Litchfield Park. That’s in the new (no longer brand new) Fry’s shopping center at the northeast corner of Camelback and Litchfield roads.

Little Caesars is famous for its “Hot and Ready” pizzas, where it normally takes no more than a few minutes to stop in and pick up your pie, with payment of course. Did you know Little Caesars is the third-largest pizza chain in the United States? I didn’t! Only Domino’s and Pizza Hut have more stores across the country.

In other news, Cafe Royale at 809 N. Dysart Road in Avondale has closed after only a year in business.

The shop sold coffee, tea, sandwiches, crepes and other pastry items, and heavily promoted its Nitro Brew process, a cold coffee brew technique using nitrogen.

There’s no word yet on the status of the JCPenney store in Goodyear. The company announced that up to 140 stores will be closing nationwide, but details on specific locations are still to come.

The Briefcase will be on the case when more information becomes available.

That’s all for this week, folks. I’ve received a few emails about some construction projects happening in Goodyear, so be on the look out for those in next week’s issue.

If you have a different question, or would like to just say hello, send an email to or contact me via Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

Thanks for tuning in. Have a great start to March, and see you all next week!


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

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