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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.

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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.

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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?)

Tue
17
Feb
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Business Briefs: February 17, 2015

RE/MAX in Avondale announces 2 new hires

RE/MAX real estate company has received two new professionals. Christy Medina and Brittany Brown have joined the company at the Avondale office.

Local cotton farmers elected to NCC

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17
Feb
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Business Briefcase: February 17, 2015

Rachel TrottThis week’s Briefcase is unintentionally Goodyear themed. Next week, I will try to spread the love out to other cities, but in the meantime, this is just how the press releases and news fell. I hope you Buckeyers, Avondalians, Tollesonians and Litchfield Parkers can hang tight until then.

First up, Katie’s Oasis assisted living facility recently opened at 16427 W. Watkins St. in Goodyear, just east of 165th Avenue.

Tue
10
Feb
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Business Briefcase: February 10, 2015

Let’s quickly start with some redemption for my past reporting errors.

After my snafu last December, I’m happy to report that the Blue Daisy Day Spa, Salon and Boutique and Barbershop on Main are now open at 21029 W. Main St. in Buckeye, west of Village Street.

Both businesses are owned by husband-and-wife team Craig and Emily Guincho of Utah, where they owned a chain of salons. They now live in Verrado.

“It’s taken a journey of two years and 2,000 miles to bring The Blue Daisy and Barbershop to life,” Craig wrote in a statement. “Life in Utah was great, but the distance separating us from my parents in California was too much. We made a conscious decision to move our families closer together.”

Tue
03
Feb
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Business Briefcase: February 3, 2015

Howdy, Briefcasers. This weekend has been busy for me and my family. My husband is about to leave on a year-long short tour with the Air Force, so we’ve been packing him up and trying to complete some “honey do” things on our list (who am I kidding? Things on my list. Thanks, honey.)

Now, this doesn’t have a whole lot to do with business, but I am shamelessly and perhaps selfishly asking for some good thoughts our way.

Back to business. I think WinCo is officially the most asked about business I’ve ever encountered while writing Business Briefcase. News of the Idaho-based grocer maybe, possibly coming to Goodyear on the southwest corner of PebbleCreek Parkway and McDowell Road first surfaced about a year ago.

The public’s excitement for it is probably accentuated by the only nearby grocery store (Bashas’) closing not too long ago.

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