Offering work for job seekers and services for businesses, PrideStaff is new in Goodyear. 

Readers want to know: What’s going over here—and there?

Vickie Chelini has two questions.

Vickie 1: “Verrado, on the corner next to the freeway off ramp.  Large parcel being graded. Could you let us know what is going in there?”

Edkey Inc., also known as Sequoia Charter Schools, paid $2.9 million for 9 acres in Buckeye Parkway Center, where it plans to open “a high-performing elementary school” this fall. Looks like it will be called Sequoia Pathfinder at Verrado (according to the Sequoia website).

Things are racing ahead there, as a recent help wanted ad shows:

“In preparation for a new school opening in 2020-2021, EdKey, Inc. is now hiring for teachers (various subjects) Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Verrado Way and I-10 Buckeye. Required qualifications: State of Arizona teaching certificate or bachelor’s degree from accredited university. Highly qualified in the field of study applying. Fingerprint clearance card required.” For more information, visit

Vickie 2: “The prime location corner of Yuma and Watson. Large building completed.”

That would be what’s advertised as “new Buckeye development! Located less than 1 mile south of Interstate 10 full interchange. Tremendous housing growth in the immediate area.

“Drive-thru pad available.”

Tenants to be announced.

Based on her recent letter to the editor, we know Vickie is rooting for a restaurant there.

From Ed Jones: “What is being built in the southeast corner of Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street?”

That area looks like a hotbed. The Philly Pretzel Factory at 650 North Estrella Parkway, Suite A5,  had a grand reopening in May for that perfect marriage of carbs and salt: “Home of the Real Soft Pretzel.”

Then there is Henry’s Hawaiian Grill at 560 North Estrella Parkway, Suite B13—which opened in mid-March just days before the COVID-19 shutdown!

Perhaps Mr. Jones is looking at the future site of (drum roll) ... Aldi Estrella Commons, 845 N. Estrella Parkway. The 20,000-square-foot building on 3-plus acres is to open at the end of this year.

Aldi is a discount grocery store that started in Germany. If you’re not familiar, picture the child of a romance between the Dollar Store and Trader Joe’s.

• Welcome to the West Valley, PrideStaff employment and staffing agency.

Rhae and Debbie Buckley, owners of the local PrideStaff, bring three decades of personnel experience with all sizes of businesses across multiple industries.

“I’ve dedicated my career to optimizing organizational performance by improving workforce engagement and talent identification,” Rhae said. “After graduating from Oral Roberts University, I held progressive roles leading human resources, recruiting and staffing operations around the world. With each new opportunity, I built my expertise in driving operational excellence and meeting strategic business initiatives for both for-profit and nonprofit Organizations.”

If you’re looking for work, this is the place: PrideStaff serves a wide range of industries and fills roles such as light industrial, logistics, administrative support, manufacturing, customer service, call center, front office, general office clerical, medical claims, medical billing, medical office, inside sales, telemarketing, accounting and finance. 

Current job openings range from warehouse to temperature checker (sign of the times) to administrative assistant to welder. 

And, for businesses, Rhae said PrideStaff offers “turnkey service, as we do the recruiting, onboarding, training, job posting, reference checking, pre-screen interviewing and behavioral interviewing,” he said.

For more information, visit or call 623-215-2631. PrideStaff is at 432 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 316, Goodyear.