Business Briefcase - April 19, 2017

Welcome to the Business Briefcase, everyone. Glad to have you on the page.

Once you’re done reading through our lovely paper (my opinion, hopefully shared by many readers), might I suggest saving it and turning it into a makeshift tent or sunshade this upcoming weekend?

The Briefcase Headquarters is scheduled to get hit with triple-digit temperatures on Sunday.

Insert emoji sad face here. I feel like a lot of parents at high school graduations right now: “It’s too soon for this to be happening.”

Hopefully, the sun will turn down the intensity for a little bit over the next few weeks so we can enjoy an actual spring before the official summer hits.

Let’s get to business, shall we?

Here’s some interesting news out on county land between Goodyear and Litchfield Park.

The Briefcase reported that Cobblestone Auto Spa, located at 14031 W. Indian School Road, was closed for the time being for a remodel.

Several astute readers told me they thought there was something deeper to that, and it turns out they were correct.

Two large yellow signs are still in place, letting people know of a remodel, but a discreet notice has recently been added, saying Cobblestone has not had an operating permit since March 14. The notice also said Cobblestone had until March 31 to pay the licensing fee in full.

An inquiry to Cobblestone for comment has not been returned at this time, but the Briefcase will let you know if plans call for the car wash/service station/fueling station to open again.

Going along with an unintended theme of directly answering emails via Briefcase, I was recently asked about a few various hotel projects that were announced for Goodyear some time ago.

The Aloft Hotel, originally planned to go up just behind the center field area (northeast) of Goodyear Ballpark, is still in limbo. The plans were first reported in a February 2016 edition of the Briefcase, with a tentative completion date of December 2017, but the project has been delayed, according to the Goodyear Economic Development team.

Goodyear said the owners of the property are still planning on putting a hotel at the location, but no plans have been submitted to the city at this time.

Same goes for the property along Bullard Avenue that is slated to become a Marriott hotel, the intent is still there, but no plans have been submitted.

Hotel enthusiasts fret not, for Goodyear was able to share some news on a project that has submitted plans! The Hudson Commons development, to be located on the southwest corner of Van Buren Street and Estrella Parkway, will house a Staybridge Suites and a Holiday Inn Express. The submissions are in the early stages of development, so don’t expect to be able to book a room for a while.

The nearest Staybridge Suites to the West Valley is just north of the Westgate shopping complex in Glendale, near Cabela’s, north of Glendale Avenue.

That’s all for this week, folks. I still have a few items in the oven waiting on confirmation, which I hope to have by next week.

Until then, stay cool and be well.

As always, send questions, comments or tips via email to or through Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

Have a great week!


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


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