An economic observer might give Goodyear an AA rating for July.
After Amazon signed a $20 million deal to purchase 90 acres at Indian School Road and Cotton Lane, discount grocery store chain Aldi announced it will open a Goodyear store by year’s end.
Both are great news for shoppers (whether online or in person)—and job seekers.
At a time of record unemployment in Arizona, the two companies will bring scores of jobs to Goodyear.
And more is coming: In addition to the store at Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street, “Aldi is also building a distribution center and regional office” in Goodyear, according to Tammy Vo, a city spokeswoman. “Construction has not begun, and that portion of the project is still a ways out,” she added.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a question about what it will do with the sprawling property it purchased in the fast-expanding PV303 area of northwest Goodyear, where its neighbors are Daimler Trucks, Fairlife and UPS.
But whether it builds a warehouse or distribution center, the Amazon site is certain to add to its recruiting. Indeed.com lists 84 Amazon job openings at its current Goodyear facilities.
Aldi also is hiring. According to the company, new stores in Goodyear, Peoria, Chandler and Gilbert will create 90 jobs. Aldi is currently hiring for store associates and managers at careers.Aldi.us/phoenix.
On top of that, Goodyear City Council recently approved 10 new hires for engineers and inspectors.
“At a time when many municipalities are burdened with financial strains due to COVID-19, our city is experiencing unprecedented growth and a very positive financial position, despite the pandemic,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said.
She said the city is booming, from warehouses to health care and restaurants.
“We have many exciting developments—from Fairlife now recruiting their local workforce to the construction of the Estrella Women’s Health Center, an Aldi store and the opening of a Culver’s restaurant—we have a great diversity of businesses that have selected our city to put down roots. We have a community that is very appealing to many different types of businesses and we are thrilled about it.”
While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to tens of thousands of layoffs in the state, Goodyear continues to grow its base of workers.
“Our goal is to bring jobs into this city and make Goodyear one of the biggest employment bases in the Valley,” Lord said.
She called Goodyear’s rapid growth during the pandemic “mind boggling.”
Indeed, at a recent Goodyear City Council meeting, Lauri Wingenroth, the city’s budget and research manager, said the city’s sales tax revenues for May were “significantly higher” than for May 2019.
“The revenues are surprising,” she added.
More to come
The city’s sales tax and other revenues should have an even larger base by early next year.
According to commercial real estate tracking site Vizzda.com, Amazon acquired 90 acres from Rados Properties for $19.8 million July 1.
The Goodyear Aldi at 845 N. Estrella Parkway is scheduled to open Dec. 20. On Nov. 20, Aldi plans to open a store in Chandler as well as in Peoria, with a Gilbert store in December.
“We’re excited to open the first four Aldi stores in Arizona and have plans to expand our presence in the state in the years ahead. We do not have information to share about opening a warehouse in Arizona at this time. We will share updates about our growth plans as we have them,” said Tom Cindel, an Aldi regional director of operations.
Launched in Germany, Aldi has more than 2,000 stores in the U.S.
Newcomers who walk into an Aldi quickly realize it’s not a typical grocery store—a quarter is required to “rent” a shopping cart (the quarter is refunded when the cart is returned). And, according to the Aldi website, “Shoppers will find that more than 90% of the products in our stores are Aldi exclusive brands.”
Aldi veterans know to BYOB (bring your own bag)—as Aldi encourages reusable bags by charging for shopping bags.