Arby's

Hello, readers! This week I only have a few developments, but I have quite a bit of details to make it worth your while. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve covered Buckeye here at the Briefcase, so that’s where we’ll start – and it’s a good one!

But beyond that, there’s always development going on in Goodyear. Mixed-use project with retail and housing? Check! Firm details for the Arby’s I mentioned last week? Got it! Let’s dive in!

First, Buckeye Stereo and Tint LLC opens Saturday, February 16. The shop, noted as Buckeye’s first full-service car audio and tint store by owner John Rico, will offer a variety of car audio and aftermarket car, truck, boat and UTV products, and be home to three specially equipped bays that handle on-the-spot product installation. Taking the place of the former Double D Fuel and Oil, it will be part of the city’s historic Main Street, near Miller and Baseline roads at 824 N. First Street.

“Buckeye Stereo and Tint is honored to open our store here in Buckeye, and we look forward Main Street’s continued growth,” Rico said in a press release. “We look forward to becoming a driving force for economic and employment growth for Buckeye and the Far West Valley.”

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit buckeyestereoandtint.com or facebook.com/buckeyestereoandtint.

Next, Sunbelt Land Holdings LP is planning to build a mixed-use project consisting of multifamily and retail space at the northeast corner of I-10 and Bullard Road in Goodyear. The San Diego-based developer spent $6 million on the 36-acre purchase. Brian and Tom Woods of real estate services and investment management company Colliers International represented Sunbelt Land Holdings LP and the seller, RP Palm Valley LLC. The duo will also handle leasing on the site.

“Goodyear and other West Valley cities are experiencing remarkable population and business growth,” Brian said in a press release. “This site is ideally situated adjacent to a full diamond interchange of Interstate 10 and surrounded by noteworthy retail, hospitality and corporate establishments. The developer is actively seeking retailers and restaurants interested in establishing a presence at this location.”

Back to the Arby’s I mentioned last week, FX4 Vice President Jay Johnson, the company’s Arizona franchisee, said the drive-thru will reopen Thursday, February 7, and the dining area will reopen Monday, February 25. Expanding on the details previously given by general contractor Craig Eckhardt, Johnson – whose company is based in Gilbert and owns 45 Arby’s locations across Arizona and one in Silver City, New Mexico – said the renovation will contemporize the restaurant’s exterior, with white and dark brown finishes, as well as a red wrap-around lighted canopy that “gives it the Arby’s accent.”

Inside, the dining and restrooms will have brand new finishes, from the floor to the ceiling, and everywhere in between; this includes new sinks, wallpaper and lighting. The dining room, Johnson said, will have wood finishes, LED lighting that looks like old-school light bulbs, and a pounded brass light fixture over a communal table, all of which give it a throwback to the first Arby’s restaurants. Its size has also been increased. As for the kitchen, Johnson said it’s the first dual-line Arby’s west of the Mississippi.

“It really gives us the opportunity to produce twice as much food so we can serve customers faster,” he said. “Either if you’re in drive-thru, you should have a faster drive-thru experience; if you’re inside, you should have a faster inside experience, because we have twice as many people able to make sandwiches as we did before.”

For more information on the popular franchise, visit arbys.com.

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

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