Farmer Boys will open first Arizona restaurant in Gilbert
Farmer Boys, the Southern California-based fast casual concept known for its award-winning burgers and exceptional service, is expanding southeast into Arizona with a new restaurant opening in Gilbert at 1535 N. Higley Road. The location is slated to open in the first quarter of 2021 and is currently under construction in the new City Gate Marketplace. The restaurant will be operated by longtime Farmer Boys franchisee Omar Mawas. The company also unveiled plans for two additional Arizona locations in Phoenix and Tempe, both scheduled to open in early 2022.
“I’m extremely excited to bring Farmer Boys’ farm fresh eats and exceptional service to Arizona,” said Mawas. “It’s a pleasure working with the vibrant and diverse Gilbert community as I build my team and begin cultivating relationships with local schools and organizations.
“Arizona spoke and we listened,” said Larry Rusinko, vice president and chief marketing officer for the Southern California-based company. “The overwhelming demand for our brand to come to Arizona is what sparked our expansion into The Grand Canyon State. Expanding into Arizona is a natural move for Farmer Boys given our strong brand presence in the neighboring states of California and Nevada. Bringing our farm fresh concept to Arizonians was the neighborly thing to do, after all. The Gilbert location will be the first of several Farmer Boys locations opening soon in Arizona as part of our robust expansion plan.”
For nearly 40 years, Farmer Boys has set the standard for serving high quality, farm fresh food in a fast casual setting. The menu consists of award-winning burgers, cooked-to-order breakfast served all day, hand-chopped salads, specialty sandwiches, and more, all prepared with quality ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. Produce is delivered fresh and whole to each restaurant every morning, meaning it doesn’t sit in a warehouse for weeks and can be enjoyed at its pinnacle of crispness and flavor. By going the extra mile for delicious, flavorful food, the restaurant’s guests can count on fresh, cooked-to-order meals every time they visit.
The new Gilbert location will join nearly 100 existing Farmer Boys locations throughout California and Nevada. The restaurant will offer dine-in, drive-thru, phone, and take-out service. To learn more about Farmer Boys, visit www.farmerboys.com, and follow the brand at @FarmerBoysFood on Instagram and Facebook, and @FarmerBoys on Twitter.
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Barclay, W.M. Grace break ground on 350K SF 303 Logistics
Project developers Barclay Group and W.M. Grace Companies joined today with local dignitaries to break ground on 303 Logistics, a speculative, 349,663-square-foot Class A industrial building directly fronting the Loop 303 freeway.
Situated at the southwest corner of the Loop 303 and Glendale Avenue, the building is part of the Loop 303 corridor, one of the fastest-growing industrial corridors in the nation.
“This project brings necessary infrastructure and desired industrial facilities to Glendale that I’m so proud of and that we know will spur more development and employment in our New Frontier district,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, “I understand how important relationships are in economic development and it pleases me to see the additional investment in Glendale from Barclay Group and its partners.”
“303 Logistics was designed with the infrastructure and amenities to support the market’s most active industrial users, including e-commerce, third-party logistics, manufacturing and food and beverage,” said Barclay Group Executive Vice President Colby Fincham.
“These are the industries looking for modern, move-in-ready space in this submarket, and 303 Logistics will be ready to meet that demand. We appreciate those who came out today to celebrate our groundbreaking benchmark,” said W.M. Grace Companies Vice President Mike Pearlstein.
When complete, the 303 Logistics cross-dock facility will offer modern amenities including 36’ clear height, 75 dock high and 4 grade level doors, 52’ x 50’ column spacing to accommodate state-of-the-art automated equipment, clerestory windows to maximize natural light, R-30 roof insulation and an ESFR sprinkler system.
Logistically the site offers reinforced concrete truck courts, 89 trailer parking spaces and is expandable to 297 auto parking spaces on a fully gated and secure site. It is immediately accessible to the Loop 303 via a full-diamond interchange at Glendale Avenue. It is 30 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and two minutes from both I-10 and the new Northern Parkway, a four-lane I-10 reliever expressway providing workforce connectivity between the Loop 303, Central Phoenix and Glendale.
The project will be Foreign Trade Zone capable, offering up to 72 percent reduction in both real and personal (equipment) property tax, duty deferral or elimination, and reduced customs reporting entries. Tenants at 303 Logistics can reach Southern California’s Inland Empire in less than four hours and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in approximately five to six hours.
“These are exceptional advantages that make Phoenix’s West Valley one of the fastest and most attractive industrial submarkets in the nation. Loop 303 is expected to add approximately 35 million square feet of new industrial space over the next five to six years,” said Senior Vice President Riley Gilbert from the Phoenix Office of JLL, who serves as the project’s leasing broker along with JLL Managing Directors Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg. “We are thrilled to be on site today to celebrate the start of this well-timed and well-planned, state-of-the-art industrial building.”
Nearby corporate employers to 303 Logistics include UPS, XPO/Boeing, Ferrero, Ball Manufacturing, Sub-Zero and REI.
Construction begins immediately on 303 Logistics, with completion anticipated by Q2 2021. The general contractor for the project is The Renaissance Companies. The architect is Butler Design Group.