Business Briefcase: June 7, 2017

Hello again, readers, and welcome to the Business Briefcase!

It’s the first issue in June, which means we’re seven days into the driest month of the year.

While it usually feels like it never rains here in the Valley, it’s especially true in June. A whopping .02 inches on average is all we get this month. Less than one millimeter!

June is also home to the hottest day on record. It reached 122 degrees on June 26, 1990.

That’s quite the double whammy. I don’t know about you, but I’m all for voting June out of the calendar, at least until it can clean up its act.

Is that a thing? Let’s make it a thing.

I’m sure I’ll run into some opposition from folks with birthdays during the month, or students finally celebrating their first few weeks of summer vacation.

I’m sure we can work something out.

Speaking of work, I better get to it and fill everyone in on this week’s business happenings.

First up, numerous readers have asked about the status of the Fry’s Marketplace currently under construction at Jackrabbit and Indian School roads in Buckeye.

The status — drum roll, please — is confirmed. The project is going ahead on schedule, according to Fry’s representatives.

The Fry’s was the first tenant announced for the Village Green at Verrado Shopping Center back in 2016.

The store will mirror the recently opened Fry’s in Litchfield Park. The marketplace is Fry’s largest store model, and will feature a Starbucks, wine-tasting bar, drive-thru pharmacy, fuel station and clothing section.

The store is still shooting for a late 2017 to spring 2018 opening.

Bottom line, seems like the rumors of construction halting are unfounded, at least in Verrado.

Staying in Buckeye, SimonMed Imaging is open at 818 S. Watson Road, Suite 102.

The medical image providers have two additional locations in the West Valley, one in Goodyear and the other in Avondale.

SimonMed is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information, visit or call 623-302-9080.

Lionel Holder Rehabilitation Clinic, a division of University of Medical Sciences Arizona, is establishing a new center to provide speech therapy to children and adults.

The speech center will open June 12 in Avondale at 125 S. Avondale Blvd., Suite 105.

The center will have certified speech-language pathologists who evaluate and treat patients with apraxia, delay in speech, articulation disorders, fluency, stutters and other conditions.

The new center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is accepting new patients.

For information, visit

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

As always, send questions, tips or comments to If social media is more your speed, the Briefcase can be reached on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

I’ll do my best to get to the bottom of every request. A few are in the hopper right now, so if you’ve sent one recently, I’m still on it.

Remember to hydrate out there. The sun already cooks from the outside, no need to help it from the inside as well.

Take care, everyone.


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

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