Funko is coming to an 863,000-square-foot industrial facility in Buckeye. The pop culture collectible company has already signed a lease. (Image courtesy of Funko)

Buckeye continues to see economic development growth and, in this week’s Business Briefcase, we’ll look at its new businesses.

Retail, grocery stores and national corporations are calling Buckeye home. 

As always, feel free to email lserrato@timespublications with any Business Briefcase inquiries.  

Ross purchases land in Buckeye 

Ross purchased a large-scale site in Buckeye for a new regional distribution center. 

According to published reports, sources with knowledge of the deal said the company plans to build about 1.6 million square feet of distribution space on 213 acres on the southwest corner of Southern Avenue and Watson Road.

The property is located adjacent to Walmart’s distribution facility. Reports state Ross purchased the site from Scottsdale-based Globe Corp. for $28.3 million on Jan. 25. 

Aldi opens new location in Buckeye 

Location: 1361 S. Watson Road

Aldi’s seventh Arizona location officially opened in Buckeye on Feb. 10. The most recent Aldi opened in Goodyear, located at 845 N. Estrella Parkway, in 2020. 

Aldi is known for being smaller and less expensive than many supermarkets. 

Customers will need to bring a quarter to check out a shopping cart, and inside shoppers can find store-brand groceries and personal items. The Buckeye location is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Toymaker Funko to open warehouse in Buckeye 

Funko, the company known for its pop culture collectibles, signed a lease to move its Washington warehouse to Buckeye. 

According to published reports, Funko signed a full lease for Phoenix-based LGE Design Build’s 863,000-square-foot industrial facility, dubbed 10 West Commerce Park, in September, according to Colliers International. 

“We will be working with our distribution center employees to support them through the transition, including potential relocation and/or other opportunities within the organization,” reads a statement delivered via email. “Funko will continue its investment in the city of Everett and is currently hiring for dozens of positions across the company.”