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Hello, readers! This week is jam packed with all sorts of updates. For the sake of giving you details, think of today’s Briefcase as being divided into two halves.

With all the great businesses coming to the West Valley, the first half of the column will stick with that. From businesses I mentioned a few months ago that are either now open or still a ways out, to new locations we haven’t even touched here at the Briefcase (Hot wings, anyone?), there are plenty of openings popping up.

As we get a bit further in, I’ll turn focus to the chamber and other similar business-centric events. Anyway, here’s the news!

First, have you tried out the escape room craze yet? Well, if not and you’re in Avondale or elsewhere nearby, The Room is your chance. As its website shows, there are several rooms of varying difficulties, including Treasure Island, Blackout Motel and Speakeasy. Each gives those who are locked in 60 minutes to find clues and solve riddles that reveal the way out.

Located at 10210 W. McDowell Road, Suite 100, near the northwest corner of McDowell Road and 99th Avenue, it celebrated its grand opening this past weekend. For more information, visit theroomaz.com or facebook.com/theroomaz.

Also in Avondale, there’s a new Wingstop. I’m sure you all know the popular hot wing chain by now, so I’ll just leave you with its location: 1809 N. Dysart Road, Suite C110, north of the northeast corner of McDowell and Dysart roads. For more information, visit wingstop.com.

Over in Buckeye, and keeping on the subject of food, a new Burger King I mentioned a few months ago finally opened at Sundance Marketplace this year. Its address is 1315 S. Watson Road, at the southeast corner of Watson and Yuma roads. For more information on this location, such as hours, visit locations.bk.com/az/buckeye.html.

In fact, while we’re discussing Sundance Marketplace, I should mention – due to popular demand – there are unfortunately no updates on the future Aldi, though I will keep pursuing updates for whenever they may arise.

As for the planned Planet Fitness, 1341 S. Watson Road, and Quick Quack Car Wash locations in that area, I’m still looking for new details.

Then, help usher in the new Supercuts at Estrella Marketplace with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, March 1. Located at 15560 W. Roosevelt Street, Suite B-102, Goodyear, the new Supercuts is just south of I-10. The celebratory event will feature coffee and snacks, goody bags and a raffle. At this point, Supercuts needs no introduction, so, for more information on the popular hair salon franchise, visit supercuts.com.

Speaking of the chamber, here are a few business-centric events.

The soonest one I’ll mention is an upcoming Lunch N Learn. It is set from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. Focusing on taxes, the event will teach guests the differences between strategic tax planning, tax avoidance and tax evasion, as well as how to increase your bottom line. Randall Bingham of Financial Futures Tax Services will present, and, according to the chamber website, the tax information is valued at $250. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

The following week, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, another Lunch N Learn will focus on search engine optimization. In other words, that is how to dominate the search engines with your business. Chris Amos of DexYP|Thryv will present, and his company is sponsoring lunch.

These two events are free to attend and will take place at the chamber office, 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Reservations are required.

For more information on chamber-related events, including the Supercuts ribbon-cutting ceremony, email info@southwestvalleychamber.org or call 623-932-2260.

To wrap things up, a bit further out, near the end of March, Estrella Mountain Community College’s Entrepreneur/DECA Club will hold its seventh annual Small Business Expo and Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28. It is targeted at businesses that are looking to promote, market or sell products, and students, staff and faculty who are looking to become acquainted with said businesses.

Reserved spaces, which include one table and two chairs, cost $30. The sign-up/payment deadline is Monday, March 25. Funds raised will benefit the club. EMCC is located at 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale, or the northwest corner of Thomas and Dysart roads.

For more information, contact Michael Mosley at mic2311061@maricopa.edu or 619-339-3097.

That’s all the briefs for this week. Thanks for reading!

Have an item for Business Briefcase? Email Connor Dziawura at cdziawura@timespublications.com.