Business Briefcase Philly Pretzel Factory

Philly Pretzel Factory will soon open its first Arizona location.

Hello, readers! Welcome back to Business Briefcase. This week, I’m looking to branch and find a bit more throughout the West Valley to send your way. And find businesses I have.

No events this time around, but I have developments ranging from Tolleson to Buckeye, and Goodyear to Avondale. And there’s even more slated for next week! Let’s get down to the details!

First, let’s put the spotlight on Tolleson for a moment. Often underrepresented in the column, but never forgotten, the easternmost city in our circulation zone has snagged International Furniture Direct, a case goods manufacturer. The furniture importer purchased 48,000 square feet of a 250,000-square-foot industrial building at 9310 W. Buckeye Road for $1.63 million. With product lines that include dining and bedroom furniture, entertainment units, occasional tables, consoles, bars, barstools and more, International Furniture Direct has two factories in Mexico and four warehouses between Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta and Chicago.

“International Furniture Direct has doubled its footprint in Phoenix to meet the increasing demands for their product lines in the United States,” said NAI Horizon Senior Vice President Isy Sonabend, who represented the Houston-based furniture importer.

“IFD is engaged in a long-term strategy of growth in Arizona while expanding its territorial reach.

Now, let’s move to Buckeye! You may recall my mention last fall of a QuikTrip coming to the northwest corner of Watson and Yuma roads, between AutoZone and Wendy’s. Though the gas station was initially slated for a late April or early May completion, QuikTrip Corp. spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told the West Valley View it seems to be headed for an early October opening now. Previously, Thornbrugh said this location will be around 4,800 square feet with 10 pumps that can accommodate 20 cars fueling at the same time.

Speaking of Watson and Yuma roads, keep checking in, as that busy intersection — which has been covered in the column numerous times — has a lot going on!

Back to Goodyear, Philly Pretzel Factory is coming — and rather soon, I might add. As of press time, the store was set to open its first Arizona location Friday, June 21.

The Philadelphia-based franchise, to be located at 650 N. Estrella Parkway, boasts everything “pretzel” — from traditional to twists and minis. Beyond standard pretzels, the Factory specializes in pretzel dogs, pretzel cheesesteaks, cinnamon pretzel twists and so much more.

For more information, visit, find it on Facebook @ppfgoodyear and check it out when it opens. It will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Finally, let’s round out in Avondale with a restaurant that’s not exactly new, but did slip through the cracks this spring. Longtime West Valley establishment Don Manny’s Mexican Grill underwent some changes. After a brief closure at the turn of the year, Manny’s Mexican Restaurant owner Manny Lafarga added “Don” to the name in honor of his recently deceased father, Manny Garcia Lafarga, and relocated the full-service restaurant experience to the nearby Lighthouse Sports Bar. Now, one half of the restaurant is dedicated to Don Manny’s, while the other half remains Lighthouse. But the twist is the two share a kitchen, as well as the Don Manny’s authentic Sonoran Mexican food menu. On the Lighthouse side, guests can still keep up with the bar experience.

Don Manny’s and Lighthouse are located at 12351 W. Indian School Road. For more information or to find out about specials and events, visit Don Manny’s on Facebook @donmannysmexicangrill or Lighthouse @lighthousesportsbar1.

That’s all the briefs for this week! Stay tuned for next week! Thanks for reading!

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