MLILY will start making mattresses in Goodyear’s PV303.

As even casual Business Briefcase (BB) readers know: BIB—Buckeye is booming.

But, cries the Average Buckeye Resident (ABR): “We need more places to shop—and eat!”

Well, ABR, this BB is for you.

It may sound dull to outsiders, but Buckeye is rejoicing—over the construction of a supermarket.

From Buckeye City Councilman Craig Heustis:

“I am pleased to let you know that construction has begun on the Fry’s store at Jackrabbit and Indian School—it’s finally going. We anticipate the store will open in spring of 2021. Grace Development plans to start on the rest of the center in about two to three months.”

For Buckeye shoppers, BB welcomesthe Enchanted Bullfrog to the neighborhood.

We are a vintage, antique, country farmhouse, candy, vintage clothing, accessories and jewelry store,” croaks the Bullfrog.

 The consignment shop is “currently looking for vendors. Our very talented vendors currently consigning with us are Amy with Swine de’ Zine, Jeannette with City Girl Farms, Sarah with The Pink Barn and Mindy with the Enchanted Bullfrog.”

A grand opening is planned for Sept. 12.

Visit the Enchanted Bullfrog at  343 E. Monroe Avenue, Buckeye. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

• Forget about “made in China”—how about “made in Goodyear”?

MLILY, the retail brand of China-based Healthcare Co., leased 643,798 square feet of industrial space in Goodyear to be used as a manufacturing facility for its creation of memory foam products.

The company leased space at First Park at PV|303, 3350 N. Cotton Lane.

Scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, this new facility will be fully occupied by MLILY for at least 10 years. 

MLILY plans to employ 300 local workers at this facility.

The property is owned by Chicago-based First Industrial Realty Trust Inc.

“By manufacturing in Arizona, MLILY can continue to provide high-quality products at a lower cost to U.S. consumers, while expanding its global footprint,” said Yang Chen, managing director, Asia Pacific Division with Colliers International, which represents MLILY.

Healthcare Co. operates factories in China, Thailand, Serbia and the United States and has produced memory foam items since 2003. 

First Park at PV|303 is a Class A industrial facility completed this year and located within the 1,600-acre PV|303 business park near Loop 303.

• Goodyear is a BB regular for jobs and big company announcements—now Tolleson gets in on the action.

MiTek, “a diversified global supplier of services and products to the residential and commercial construction sectors,” is leasing 412,921 square feet of industrial space in two Tolleson buildings.

The company renewed its lease for 259,200 square feet at 7890 W. Lincoln Street for a term of eight-plus years and signed a new 10-year lease of 153,721 square feet down the block at 7506 W. Lincoln Street. 

The two Class A facilities are located within Tolleson Corporate Park and owned by California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

• And Avondale gets in on the home-construction news: Landsea Homes started construction on 75 single-family homes at Riata at Alamar in Avondale.   

“We’re excited to begin work on Riata at Alamar. It is such a coveted piece of land in one of the fastest-growing cities in the West Valley, and we look forward to providing best-in-class, high-performance homes and unique amenities for new residents,” said Todd Condon, vice president of sales and marketing, Landsea Homes.

This is the first phase of one of the biggest home-construction projects to hit the West Valley in years.

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