Panera Bread west Valley

Panera Bread opened a new, expanded location at 1452 N. Pebble Creek Parkway, Goodyear 

Buckeye just went Hilton.

Hilton and Performance Capital Partners announced last week the opening of the brand-new Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel at 955 S Watson Road, Buckeye.

According to a press release, “This new Home2 Suites by Hilton has a contemporary look and feel with a warm and natural color scheme from the moment the guest walks through the front door. The 90 guest suites have a combination of two-queen and king-bedded studios as well as one-bedroom suites.”

Just like home,  the Home2 Suites offer a premium entertainment package including Netflix and complimentary high-speed internet, with in-suite kitchens featuring full-sized refrigerators, microwaves, cooktop and dishwashers. 

Outside, the nonsmoking, pet-friendly hotel has a  pool, spa, patio with grills and firepit.

“We believe we have an A+ location that will have tremendous visibility and presence within the Sundance and Buckeye communities and will satisfy a tremendous need in the area for high-quality accommodations,” said Jeff Stockert, president of Performance Capital Partners, which manages the Home2 Suites.

For reservations or more information, call 623-386-2616.

•The Business Builders meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28,  will be held in Building C (next to the Goodyear Branch Library), 14455 W. Van Buren Sreet, Suite C-102, Goodyear. 

The free Business Builder meetings are offered monthly by Goodyear Economic Development and hosted by Darah Mann, small business development manager.

The goal is “to connect entrepreneurs and small business owners” and “educate the attendees on different aspects of owning a small business to help develop new ideas, practices and methods.”

This month’s meeting presents “Goodyear Business Growth Snapshot,” with Goodyear’s  2019 successes and the state of the city. “Overall, job gains are robust, supporting solid increases in wages, incomes, and taxable sales and Arizona is generating steady growth that is outpacing the national average,” according to information at developgoodyearaz.com.

For more information, call 623-882-7958 or email darah.mann@goodyearaz.gov.

•Arizona State University’s Startup School for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners spring session, which starts Jan. 25, is filled to capacity.

ASU Startup School is a series of six free facilitated workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners and serves as a guide to make your ideas happen. The classes are designed to assist you in developing a successful business and taking your entrepreneurial skills to the next level.

Keep an eye out for the next session at developgoodyearaz.com/resources/innovationhub/asu.

•The Panera Bread Goodyear location has relocated and expanded.

The larger freestanding 4,500-square-foot building with a drive-through window is at  1452 N. Pebble Creek Parkway.

Hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

New on the menu: Mediterranean grain bowl with chicken and autumn squash soup.

The Panera is on 1.73 acres on the northwest corner of the I-10 freeway and Pebble Creek Parkway at PebbleCreek Marketplace.

Panera history: The company began in 1980 as a single, 400-square-foot cookie store in Boston and is now a leading restaurant brand with more than 2,300 bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada.

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce and city of Goodyear celebrated the grand opening with a Jan. 9 ribbon-cutting.