plate of authentic mexican street style tacos with radish slices

Hello and welcome back to Business Briefcase! The past two weeks we have looked at new economic developments coming to Goodyear and Buckeye in the next year. This week, we’re focusing on Avondale and a major corporation opening a facility in Goodyear. As Goodyear and Avondale celebrate their 75th year as cities, there are many new economic developments for residents to be excited about. As always, be sure to send any questions, tips or comments about business news. 

Barrio Queen in Avondale 

The award-winning, locally owned restaurant officially opened its seventh Valley location in Avondale May 1. 

Known for its authentic Mexican dishes, all food made at Barrio Queen is handmade, and the business has been recognized on various platforms for its quality. Barrio Queen been recognized by Esquire Restaurants for being one of the best new restaurants in America, USA Today for serving a top 10 tableside guacamole, and Travel+Leisure for having the best guacamole.

Barrio Queen’s newest location, in Avondale, features a walk-up to-go window as well as lunch, happy hour, dinner and catering options. 

Additionally, the 6,000-square-foot indoor space includes a private teguia room and bar area for private dining and events. The 3,095-square-foot outdoor patio is equipped with an indoor and outdoor fireplace. 

“We listened to our fan base, who asked for a location in Avondale,” owners Linda Nash and Steve Rosenfield said in a joint statement. “And we are proud to have a presence in one of the fastest-growing areas in the Southwest Valley. We are here to bring our barrio, our neighborhood, to this welcoming community.”

The new Avondale location can be found at 10455 W. McDowell Road near 107th Avenue. 

For more information, visit

barrioqueen.com. 

Photocentric to locate

headquarters in Avondale 

The leading-edge additive manufacturer initially founded in the United Kingdom announced it will be moving its U.S.-based headquarters to Avondale. 

Photocentric’s technologies and innovative tooling have supported a broad range of applications, from 3D printing to craft and office stamps. 

With the move from Phoenix to Avondale, Photocentric will have the ability to double its space.

“Avondale is fast becoming one of the Valley’s most desirable locations for high-tech companies that want to take advantage of our competitively priced real estate options and proximity to major transportation corridors and skilled labor force,” said Kenneth Chapa, Avondale’s economic development director. 

“Photocentric is a leader in 3-D manufacturing, and we are excited to welcome them to our community.”

With an open date set for the fall 2021, the 50,000-square-foot facility will create dozens of jobs. 

Photocentric’s facility will be located at 855 N. 107th Avenue.

U-Haul to open facility

in Goodyear

A new U-Haul moving and self-storage facility is coming to Goodyear in 2022. 

The three-story building will offer more than 700 indoor, ADA-accessible self-storage rooms with climate control options and high-tech security features. 

The company’s 4.49-acre land acquisition is located at 13650 W. Van Buren Street, just south of Interstate 10.

Russ Baldwin, U-Haul Company of Western Arizona president, said the new facility will create at least 10 jobs. Baldwin added that U-Haul will look to hire locally to support job growth within the Goodyear community. For more information on U-Haul career opportunities, visit uhauljobs.com. 

“Goodyear is moving in the right direction, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to be part of this growth,” Baldwin said. “We’re working with the city to improve residents’ quality of life through residential mobility and by meeting their storage needs.”