Brakes Plus

Brakes Plus is building an automotive retail sales and service building south of the southwest corner of Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street in Goodyear. (West Valley View photo by Connor Dziawura)

Hello, readers! Continuing in line with last week, it appears the business news is ramping up. In this week’s edition of the West Valley View there are no events; just projects – some with more details than others. And there’s still plenty in store.

From therapy clinics to automotive shops, senior care centers, an update on the long-awaited Home2 Suites coming to Buckeye, and a new career center in Avondale, there’s a diverse range of projects coming to the Southwest Valley. So, with much to explore, let’s dive in. Here’s the scoop!

First, in what has been a long-time coming, Chicago favorite Portillo’s, which is known for its hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, is coming to Avondale. Other Arizona locations are in Tempe and Scottsdale, as well as an outpost at Chase Field. Look for a feature story soon.

At 9,000 square feet, the new 1950s to 1960s-diner themed location will seat more than 200 customers and feature an outdoor patio and double-lane drive-thru. The Avondale Portillo’s will be at Park 10, off McDowell Road and between 99th and 107th avenues. An opening date has not been set. Keep track at

Moving along, Desert Hand & Physical Therapy opened a clinic in Goodyear January 14. Brittany Battaglia, the clinic’s manager, earned a bachelor’s in allied health sciences and psychology in 2012, a master’s in occupational therapy in 2013, and passed the certified hand therapist examination in 2017. Battaglia specializes in trauma, nerve injuries, complex wounds, burns, pediatric injuries and tendon repairs of the upper extremity through orthotic management and therapeutic treatment. The company, which was founded in 1997, has 12 clinics in the Metro Phoenix area. The Goodyear clinic is located at 790 N. Estrella Parkway, Suite C.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to grow into the Southwest Valley, and Goodyear in particular,” said the company’s president, Chris Reynolds, in a press release.

“Desert Hand & Physical Therapy has a history and tradition of providing excellent customer service and care for our hand to shoulder patients. We hope that the addition of this new clinic will provide a convenient option to those seeking rehabilitation for their injured hands to shoulders.”

Also on Estrella Parkway, dirt is moving between Panda Express and Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, south of the southwest corner of Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street, also south of I-10. According to information provided by the city’s economic development department, that lot will belong to Brakes Plus.

At 5,148 square feet on an approximately 1.54-acre parcel, this new Estrella location is estimated to create 15 jobs. An automotive retail sales and service building, its architecture will reportedly match its retail center theme. Company representatives have not yet responded to the West Valley View’s request for comment. The future location’s address is 760 N. Estrella Parkway.

Last fall, Home Instead Senior Care opened an office in Goodyear. According to its website, it serves Arlington, Avondale, Buckeye, Gila Bend, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Maricopa, Palo Verde, Peoria, Southwest Phoenix, Tolleson, Tonopah, Waddell and Youngtown. It offers a variety of senior care services, from companionship to personal care, meals and transportation. There are nine Valley locations, including this one run by franchisees Anthony and Blair Sapeta. The Goodyear office is at 250 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 161A. For more information, call 623-777-3637 or visit

“At Home Instead Senior Care, our mission is to enhance the lives of seniors within our community by providing them with a little extra help through a network of compassionate, well-trained ‘CAREGivers,’” Blair said in an email.

As for Buckeye, a company spokeswoman noted construction on the future Hilton Home2 Suites at I-10 and Watson Road has been slightly delayed, though the 90-suite extended-stay hotel is still on track for a December opening.

Avondale has a new career center, thanks to a partnership between the city and Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 29. Located inside the Care1st Avondale Resource Center, 328 W. Western Avenue, it offers employment services including resume building, job search assistance, career coaching, connections to job leads and training opportunities, employment resources and occasional hiring events, all for free during the Care1st center’s hours of operation, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every third Saturday. For more information, contact Jennifer Griffin at or 623-333-2703.

Those are all the briefs for this week. Thanks for reading.

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