Business Briefcase - March 29, 2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Business Briefcase!

This week’s episode is a little odd, as your Briefcase host is not used to writing them so close together. But alas, here we are.

It certainly has nothing to do with a trip almost across the entire pond to a nation rich in Viking history. I realize Iceland was famously misnamed to detract visitors back in the day, but it’s still pretty far north in the hemisphere, and should be cold.

I guess that’s why the deal was just too good to pass up! I’ll dress warm to make sure I won’t lose my fingers to the cold. I’ll need them for future business updates.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

Avondale will be the newest home of Planet Smoothie, a real fruit smoothie shop with multiple locations across the United States.

Planet Smoothie will be at 1573 N. Dysart Road, Suite B-2, in the shopping center complex anchored by Fry’s Food and Drug at the southeast corner of McDowell and Dysart roads. It will be in the location of the old soccer apparel shop that closed up a short time ago, and direct neighbors with Great Clips.

The menu is full of different flavored smoothies that run from original to low calorie to meal replacement. The menu also has a substantial list of nutrition supplement add-on options.

Planet Smoothie first opened in 1995 in Atlanta and has expanded to 124 stores across 22 states, including three in the Phoenix metro area. Fun fact: 71 of those stores are situated in Florida and Georgia.

Keep your eyes on the Briefcase for an opening date once it gets nearer.

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It’s been a while since earth first began to move behind the QuikTrip on the southeast corner of Dysart and Thomas roads, so it looks like a good time for a revisit on a project that’s going up pretty fast.

The buildings in question will be Legacy House Avondale, an assisted living center. Once open, it will feature 170 units total.

One last item to note, the McDonald’s at the southeast corner of Indian School Road and 107th Avenue in Avondale is set to get a facelift. The fast-food chain’s upgrades will include adding an additional drive-thru lane and rearranging parking spaces.

The process is currently in the early review process, and Avondale is awaiting a second submission of the plans.

That’s all for this week, everyone. Thanks for reading!

As always, send questions, tips, comments or appropriate musings by email to If Twitter is your cup of tea, the Briefcase can be reached there @ShaneMcOwen.

All right, folks, I’m off! Totally coming back with a horned Viking helmet, even though I know it’s not historically accurate. Still looks cool, I don’t even care.

Have a great week everybody. See you soon!


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

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