Automechanic looking under car hood

Last week, it was “Louie Louie!” in Business Briefcase.

This week, it’s “Go, Rocky!”

With the explosion of population in Avondale, Buckeye and Goodyear, it’s as good a time as any to throw up a “NOW OPEN” sign and start a business.

Rocky Chavez is an Arizona native who landed in the West Valley five years ago.

After getting under hoods for years, he just opened his own shop, Rocco’s Automotive, at 519 W. Western Avenue, Avondale. Call 623-882-0845 or visit

“I have never owned a business before but am ambitious and know that I can serve the community,” Chavez said.

“I specialize in all repairs from major engine or transmission repair and replacement to routine and general maintenance including diagnostics.”  

His hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• A reader wants to know: “Haven’t heard any news on the WinCo that was going to be built in Goodyear. Is it still happening or did it fold?” asked Kenneth R. Creasy.

The city of Goodyear’s answer: “No updates on WinCo, but the developer (WM Grace Companies) continues to stay in contact.”

Like a good piano, stay tuned …

• Mexican food, anyone?

A Someburros is planned near Van Buren Street and Estrella Parkway Parcel.

The pitch to the Goodyear Planning Commission: “The proposed project is a new, ground-up Someburros Mexican Food restaurant with a drive-through pick-up window and patio seating. The drive-through will be used to pick up orders that have been ordered ahead through the app or website.”

The Planning Commission gave it the thumbs up, so the project heads to Goodyear City Council.

New of the project via a West Valley View Facebook post set off what might be called a virtual Snoopy dance among commenters.

“OMG!” rejoiced Lupe Saldana. “We love Someburros!”

Added Tina Serino, “We have been eating Someburros since their first one opened in Tempe 34 years ago. It will be so nice to not have to drive to the east side for some good Mexican food!”

Other commenters wanted to know about WinCo (see above) and two questions you’d be a millionaire if you got a nickel every time they were asked:

“When is Goodyear getting a shopping center?”

“What about Trader Joe’s?!”

• Meanwhile, housing projects continue.

On Jan. 15, Richmond American Homes paid $3.2 million for 27 acres on North Estrella Parkway and West Van Buren Street. This will be phase 2 of Hudson Commons.

Six months ago, the Goodyear City Council approved a proposed 120-home residential subdivision.

Amazon, which has multiple warehouses employing hundreds around Goodyear, has collaborated with Crossover Health to open three health centers around the Valley.

The new health centers are located in Maryvale, Tempe and Tolleson.

According to Amazon, “The centers provide full-spectrum acute, chronic, and primary preventive care, including prescription medications, vaccinations, mental health services, physical therapy, chiropractic care, health coaching and care navigation to specialty referral services.”

Amazon continues to hire for its Goodyear warehouses. For information or to apply, visit

Simple Box Storage, which rents and sells shipping containers for storage, moving or modification, recently opened a location at 22609 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or Saturdays by appointment.

Simple Box Storage offers 10-, 20- and 40-foot-long containers, containers for moving, construction and industrial uses, and modified containers for temporary site offices.

Ross Black, owner and CEO of Simple Box Storage, founded the company in 1997 and was named a 2019 Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

For more information about Simple Box Storage in Buckeye, call 602-926-2987 or visit