Economic development

Hello, and welcome back to Business Briefcase. Buckeye has welcomed a new spot to get healthy smoothies, juices and acai bowls. Additionally, the city will see a new project featuring office buildings, a hotel and restaurant that will total about 132,756 square feet. 

Robeks opens new

location in Buckeye 

The destination for creative fresh smoothies, juices and acai bowls, Robeks opened a new location in Buckeye on Dec. 16. Owned and operated by Gregory and Deborah Soyka, the new Robeks store is in the Sundance Town Center, 430 S. Watson Road, just south of I-10. 

The Buckeye Robeks employs about 20 people and is the fifth location in Arizona.

This is the second Robeks for the Soykas, who discovered the valuable health benefits of fresh juices and smoothies when their daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder more than 15 years ago. 

Smoothies with their high-quality nutrition, antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory benefits became an important part of improving their daughter’s health, and soon smoothies became the family business. 

The Soykas opened their first Robeks in 2008, and their daughter became one of their most ardent ambassadors, working at the store for years. She is now 26, healthy and working as a dental hygienist. 

“We are thrilled to open Robeks in Buckeye to bring healthy smoothies, juices and acai bowls to this growing community,” Gregory said. “Our family knows first-hand the importance of good nutrition and the value of good health, and we look forward to sharing Robeks’ healthy options with new guests.”

The menu includes the strawnana berry smoothiewith strawberries, banana, nonfat frozen yogurt and apple juice. The 800 LB Gorilla Smoothiefeatures banana, peanut butter, nonfat frozen yogurt, soy milk, chocolate and 40 grams of whey protein. Tropi-Kale has fresh kale, pineapple, pineapple sherbet, nonfat frozen yogurt and papaya juice and is packed with immunity-boosting vitamin C.

In addition to smoothies, juices and bowls, guests can add wellness shots of wheatgrass, lemon ginger or turmeric. 

Robeks recently added snacks, like avocado and acai almond butter toast. 

Robeks will celebrate its official grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 15. For the new Buckeye store hours, visit robeks.com and follow Robeks on social media at @robeks. 

Mangat Group developing Sundance Medical Center 

Mangat Group, a Glendale-based real estate investment and development company, is planning to bring new medical office, hospitality and retail to Buckeye.

Between two proposed office buildings, a hotel and restaurant, the project will total about 132,756 square feet at the intersection of Yuma Road and Sundance Parkway, Mangat said.

The four buildings will cost more than $38 million for development, Mangat said. 

According to published reports, the restaurant will total 7,744 square feet, the four-story hotel will include 56,412 square feet, and the smaller medical office will be comprised of 12,500 square feet on the southwest corner of the intersection.

The largest medical office building, known as Sundance Medical Center, will be on the northwest corner of the intersection and total 43,600 square feet between two stories.