Business Briefcase - July 5, 2017

Welcome to a special post-holiday edition of the Business Briefcase.

I hope everyone enjoyed a nice slice of birthday cake for the country. Even though the U.S. isn’t a singular person in human form, it’s really not too weird to serve birthday cake if you think about it. I mean, most of the ingredients come from the country’s own land, and it’s capable of blowing the candles out with a gust of wind, technically U.S. airspace.

Anyway, we should be over our cake sugar daze, so let’s get to the business news.

First off, fireworks fans may be sad to hear that Thursday is the final day to purchase fireworks until Dec. 10, per state law. Act quick, before those temporary tents go away for a few months!

It should be noted that Thursday is also the last day you can use them until the winter, also per state law. Might not want to mess around with that either, because it’s a $1,000 fine for using fireworks outside the permissible dates. That could potentially be one expensive explosion.

First item up, a familiar coffee shop is in the process of coming into existence at Canyon Trails Plaza in Goodyear.

Dutch Bros. Coffee is in preliminary project discussions with the city to add a new location at 580 N. Estrella Parkway, between the Jack in the Box and McDonald’s.

The drive-thru coffee shop will also have patio seating, and is shooting for a fall opening date.

It would mark the second Dutch Bros. in Goodyear, the other location is at 14160 W. Indian School Road.

According to the company’s website, Dutch Bros. Coffee is the nation’s largest privately held drive-thru coffee company, and has more than 200 locations in Oregon, California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona.

Anyone planning a trip in the western U.S. shouldn’t be too far away from a regular caffeine fix, if Dutch Bros. is your choice of morning pick me up.

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Farther west in Goodyear, there’s also rumblings of a Dollar Self Storage to go in at the northwest corner or 169th Drive and Indian School Road.

The facility is under review for a special-use permit by the city, and would be just south of the Sub-Zero warehouse.

Dollar Self Storage has a couple of locations near the West Valley in Glendale, Phoenix and Laveen. The Goodyear location would be the first in our neck of the woods. The storage facility company has 17 locations operating in three states: Arizona, California and Nevada.

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In Avondale, Rubio’s Mexican Grill has announced an opening target of August at the Park 10 commercial center, near 103rd Avenue and McDowell Road.

Right now, crews are working on installing the interior of the restaurant.

That’s all for this week, folks. I trust everyone had a great holiday. It’s a little strange to come back to work for one day after the weekend, and then immediately get another day off. For those who had to work Tuesday, I’m sorry. I’m not trying to rub it in, I promise.

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Until next time, take care.


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