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Welcome back to Business Briefcase! This week we are going to look at some major developments in the works in Buckeye, according to the city’s economic development director, David Roderique. We will answer reader questions, too. Have one for us? Email lserrato@timespublications.com.  

Buckeye developments 

The city of Buckeye has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States since 2010. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Buckeye’s population has risen by 56.6% in nearly 10 years. 

As the population continues to rise, new stores and service industries continue to join the city. Roderique provided the West Valley View with major additions and developments happening in Buckeye this year and next. 

Roderique said growth is beneficial to the city, as well as the chance to provide additional employment opportunities for the West Valley. 

“Buckeye continues to see rapid growth in all areas. In addition to the residential development that is setting records, we are also seeing significant new growth in all commercial categories, including new employment, new retail and new services,” Roderique said. 

Here’s what Buckeye residents can expect to see in the coming year: 

Five Below

The discount store company is almost finished with the construction of its new West Coast distribution center on Miller and Durango. There are 14 Five Below locations, this being the first in Buckeye. Five Below will be fully operational this summer.

LGE 

Located next door to the Five Below in Buckeye, LGE Design Build just broke ground. The 860,000-square-foot industrial spec building is expecting to meet a grand opening date of early 2022. The full-service design and general contracting firm is located just south of Interstate 10 at the northwest corner of North Miller Road and Lower Buckeye Road. 

Fry’s 

The highly anticipated grand opening of the new Fry’s Food Store is set for May 5 at Jackrabbit and Indian School Road. 

Retail and services in

the Fry’s center plaza

The rest of the shopping plaza will see other top-notch tenants, including ACE Hardware, Ebb and Flow Coffee, Jack in the Box, Filibertos, O’Reillys, Macayo’s and Café Rio.

Roderique also said an additional center will be opening across the street from the Fry’s Food Store. 

My Place Hotels

Buckeye’s newest My Place Hotel officially opened in April, marking the chain’s second Arizona location. The first was in Avondale. 

My Place Hotels offer full-sized refrigerators, a burner cooktop, a microwave and on-site laundry facilities for all extended-stay rooms. The new hotel is located at 1019 S. Watson Road. For more information or to book a room, visit myplacehotels.com or call 623-440-3661. 

Great Hearts 

Great Hearts has announced that a charter school is set to open in Buckeye, making it the 23rd Arizona location. Archway Roosevelt and Roosevelt Preparatory Academy are slated to open in fall 2022. The 25-acre campus will be the largest of any of the schools. The school will initially serve about 800 students, grades kindergarten through eighth, and will expand each grade level until it becomes a K-12 campus. At its full capacity, Roosevelt will have about 1,100 students. Roosevelt Preparatory Academy will be located at Jackrabbit Trail and Van Buren. Applications go live on Nov. 8 for the 2022-23 school year. For more information, visit rooseveltprep.

greatheartsamerica.org.

Question from a reader

Any business news on the Douglas Ranch in Buckeye?

Douglas Ranch has caused many to question when and if it will break ground anytime soon. The 33,800-acre community was initially anticipated to break ground in 2012, but due to the housing crisis, development was delayed and was to resume in 2019. Roderique said the developer expects to officially start construction within the next year. 

Douglas Ranch will allow for more than 104,000 units; 55 million square feet of office, retail and employment uses; 29 elementary schools; six high schools; and about 7,000 acres of parks and open space. Douglas Ranch is designed to house nearly 300,000 residents. For more information, visit douglasranchaz.com.