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Business Briefcase - April 14, 2015

The West Valley used to have the stereotype of not being the side of the Valley you wanted to be for new restaurants. But that misnomer is changing.

Especially when it comes to pizza restaurants.

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like pizza, and the West Valley certainly has a lot of new businesses to try and find your favorite slice.

Tue
07
Apr
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Business Briefs: April 7, 2015

Avondale CIO honored by magazine

Avondale Chief Information Officer Rob Lloyd has made the list in Government Technology Magazine’s “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers,” which recognizes the top 25 public sector innovators around the country. Every year, Government Technology designates 25 individuals who cut through the public sector’s “legendary barriers” to innovation with transformative ideas.

Tue
07
Apr
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Business Briefcase: April 7, 2015

I braved the stores this weekend for some clothing sales (note to self, never again) and employees were already clearing off Easter items from the shelves. It’s now full-steam ahead for summer, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day outdoor barbecue sales.

I might as well forge straight ahead into businesses, too. Ability Center recently opened its third location in Arizona in Suite 109 at 13735 W. Auto Drive in Goodyear. That’s just east of Litchfield Road. It’s the 10th location in the Southwest, which is a good thing considering the work the business does.

Ability Center was founded in 1994 and aims to provide mobility equipment, mobility products, wheelchair vans, wheelchair-accessible vehicles and services for the physically disabled.

Tue
31
Mar
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Business Briefcase: March 31, 2015

Rachel TrottCadbury eggs have taken over the shelves at grocery stores, so it can only mean one thing: Easter is upon us. I hope everyone has a good holiday this weekend (or a good Passover for all of my Jewish family and friends).

Since it’s arguably a tad difficult to make a matzah pizza for your Seder, I figure I’d throw in some news about Oregano’s Pizza Bistro for your post-Passover meals.

Tue
24
Mar
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Business Briefcase: March 24, 2015

Hey there, readers. I don’t know about you, but I finally relented and turned on my air conditioner. Here’s to the next six months of summer!

First up, let’s talk business closures. Henrys Jack’s Place closed earlier this year at 613 E. Western Ave. in Avondale.

Admittedly, we missed covering it in the Briefcase the first time around, but more to the point, I received a call from one of the owners shedding some light on why it shut its doors.

For those of you who read Briefcase regularly, this is a fairly rare (yet very welcomed) occurrence. Most of the time, businesses shutter without warning or explanation, so it’s nice to get some “closure.”

Henrys Jack’s Place was a bar originally built in 1935 by ... you guessed it, Jack. More than 40 years later, it was bought by Henry Beltran, who added his name onto the title and kept it going.

Tue
17
Mar
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Business Briefcase: March 17, 2015

Rachel TrottHey there, Briefcasers. Reporter Emily Toepfer told me a story (originally told by her mother who is an art teacher... still with me?) about a second-grader who was over the moon about getting to go on a picnic during her spring break.

Tue
10
Mar
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Business Briefs: March 10, 2015

BK owner passes award on to employees

Burger King Corp. recently awarded Phoenix-based Barnett Management Co., the second-largest Burger King franchisee in the state, its national Franchisee of the Year honor. Burger King presented Tom Barnett, owner and CEO of Barnett Management, with a 2015 Corvette and Rolex watch as prizes. Barnett sold the prizes and returned $120,000 to his general managers, assistant managers and hourly managers as bonuses for their hard work.

Tue
10
Mar
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Business Briefcase: March 10, 2015

Rachel TrottAdults sometimes lose the ability to consider how things look from someone else’s point of view. As children, libraries were magical places where stacks of books about mythical dinosaurs and imaginary places towered over our heads. It was some place where we could hold something that brought our imagination to life.

Tue
03
Mar
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Business Briefcase: March 3, 2015

Howdy, readers. This week, we’re giving Avondale some love and attention in Business Briefcase.

First up in the batting line, Free Agents Sports Grill is expected to open sometime in the third week of March in Suite B-108 at 1729 N. Dysart Road, north of McDowell Road in Avondale.

If you’re getting déjà vu thinking about the location, you’re not going crazy. It will be where the now closed Game Time Sports Grill used to be.

Out-of-state owners Alan and Lynn Lowe recently moved to the area to open the new sports bar, Assistant Manager Erica Rocha said.

“[Alan] was a silent investor of Game Time, and he didn’t want to see all of the employees out of a job, so it’s a neat twist on a new thing,” Rocha said. “So he rehired most of the employees, hence the name Free Agents.”

Like you’d expect for any respectable sports grill, wings will be a staple on the menu, Rocha said.

Tue
24
Feb
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Business Briefcase: February 24, 2015

Rachel TrottFirst of all, I received lots of awesome responses about LASIK surgery last week. I’m still waiting for my poor little eyesight to stabilize enough to make the appointment, but everyone’s input has certainly helped me plan, so thank you for reaching out. I’ll know sometime this summer if I have the green light to go under the knife. (Laser beam?)

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