Urban Air

Urban Air expects to open a 35,000-square-foot trampoline and adventure park in Goodyear at the end of March. (Photo courtesy Vanderwall PR)

Hello, readers! This week I don’t have much in the way of lead-ins to our discussion here at the Briefcase. Rather, I’d like to get straight into the news, of which there is much – and it’s a diverse affair.

Whether it’s in Goodyear or Avondale, or ranges from family-friendly entertainment to a hotel for travelers, a large restaurant chain and chamber-centric events, I have the details. Here we go!

First, Urban Air expects to open a Goodyear location at the end of March, where it will hire around 60 people. At 35,000 square feet, the trampoline and adventure park will be furnished with wall-to-wall trampoline arenas, dodgeball courts and slam dunk tracks, as well as its stunt airbag, a runway tumble track, the TUBES Obstacle Course, the Urban Warrior Course and the Warrior Battle Beam. Its Urban Air Adventure Hub will have a ropes course, climbing walls, a trampoline pit and the Urban Air Sky Rider Indoor Coaster. For additional fun, check out the arcade and café. It will be located at 15305 W. McDowell Road, at the southeast corner of McDowell Road and Estrella Parkway. For more information, visit urbanairtrampolinepark.com or call 602-663-9340.

“Families are looking for ways to spend time together – and the more active the experience, the more memorable,” said owner Dale Fedewa, who also operates the Ahwatukee location. “Parents want their kids off their phones giving them less ‘screen time’ and more time to play and engage with other kids while having the time of their life.”

Moving along, Kind Hospitality has acquired Macayo’s Mexican Restaurants. Kind Hospitality now has rights to the Macayo’s name and its six Valley Macayo’s Mexican Table locations, one of which is at 1474 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Kind Hospitality plans to refresh the restaurants with new décor and color schemes. According to Shelby Tuttle, Kind Hospitality’s senior director of marketing and communications, three more locations are planned to be added over the next five years, too. Timelines have not been determined for the renovations or new locations, though the company’s news release says the new locations will be smaller in comparison to current locations (around 4,000 to 5,000 square feet, as opposed to 7,000 to 8,000 square feet). The first Macayo’s was founded in 1946 by Woody and Victoria Johnson, whose children – Sharisse, Gary and Stephen Johnson – will still operate the Woody’s Macayo and Macayo’s Depot Cantina locations in Central Phoenix and Tempe, respectively.

Next, a big one! If you were wondering what that construction just north of the Costco at McDowell Road and 99th Avenue in Avondale is, well, I’ve got good news. It’s a Springhill Suites by Marriott. It is at the southwest corner of 99th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard, and construction launched in February. You may already be aware of it, as this one has been a long time coming; other reports regarding the development go back to 2017. Once complete, the Avondale-based hotel will accommodate 130 rooms. For more information on the Marriott-branded branch of hotels, visit springhillsuites.marriott.com.

Private equity firm Virtua Partners is leading work on the hotel, which will be managed by Hotel Equities. The hotel falls under the opportunity zone program, which, in short, offers incentives like tax breaks to attract investments in communities. Virtua Partners, in partnership with Hotel Equities, offers on-the-job management and leadership programs to help entry-level employees seeking management positions.

For a bit of a different item on today’s agenda, Credit Union West will award five scholarships totaling $5,000 to graduating high school seniors in Maricopa or Yavapai counties this year. The five students will each receive $1,000, though two are already reserved for JROTC students. Students are selected based on academic achievement, community service and overall character. They must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, be a Credit Union West member with good account standing and plan on being a full-time undergraduate student this fall. Applications are due by March 29. For more information, visit cuwest.org/scholarship. One Credit Union West branch is at 503 W. Van Buren Street in Avondale. For more locations, visit cuwest.org.

Now, let’s check back in with the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Lunch N Learn from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, will be focused on “How to Trade What You Have for What You Want.” American Saver founder and CEO Ric Mandelbaum will present. Lunch will be provided, but seating is limited, so reservations are necessary.

Then, if you can’t make the March 12 Lunch N Learn about taxes, it will be held again from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Like the other one, Randall Bingham of Financial Futures Tax Services will present, and guests will learn about the differences between strategic tax planning, tax avoidance and tax evasion, as well as how to increase your bottom line. Tax information is free but valued at $250, and guests are welcome to bring outside food and drink.

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is located at 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For more information or to reserve your space at an upcoming chamber event, contact 623-932-2260 or info@southwestvalleychamber.org.

That’s all the briefs for this week. Thanks for reading!

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