Thursday, August 27, 2009

Local tidbits

-‘America’s Incredible Pizza Co.’, will be entering the market here in Utah…60,000 square feet including an 8,000 sq. ft pizza restaurant, 12 screen movie complex and go-carts at 12101 Outlet Dr. in Draper. Right by that new crazy water park out there! They are a 19-unit chain out of Missouri.

-The second phase of redevelopment of Valley Fair Mall has been announced for construction in 2010. Right now the first phase is adding outparcels (tenents in the parking lots) with Olive Garden, TGI Fridays, Smashburger, Wingers and Wells Fargo. The second phase will have 95,000 sq. feet in an outdoor ‘lifestyle’ type center (think outdoor and indoor mall combined).

-The Utah Jobless rate climbed to 6% in July. Last July (2008), the rate was 3.4%.

-Work has begun in Heber City for Valley Station, on 17 acres. The 200,000 ft. retail project will be at the northwest intersection Main Street and Highway 189, anchored by a 100,000 sq. ft Wallmart.

-EmbroiderMe (across from Nordstroms Rack) will be moving to 2511 So. State, doubling the size of the store.

-Stimulus monies are going to the creator of Thanksgiving Park offices in Lehi. A portion of property taxes is being deferred so those monies can be invested in Thanksgiving office park, a 38-acre development of five high rise office buildings.

-SLC’s Farmers Market has been named the 3rd best in the US of all Farmers Markets!

-Liberty Heights Fresh is doing a Paella Party at 8 PM Sept 11th for $10. Bring a bottle of wine to add to the sangria. 100% of the proceeds will go to Utahs Against Hunger.

-Salt Lake Brewing Co. (Squatters) celebrates 20 years in the biz this September. A new beer will be released call ‘Hop Rising’-a double India pale ale with…9% alcohol ! Beer prices Sept. 1-7 will be rolled back to $2.50 per pint and food will be at 1989 prices.

-All 18 Beans and Brews have teamed up with the Red Cross Phones 4 Charity program so become a drop off place for old phones that will be re-sold and recycled.