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August 2013

Show Low Panda Express Restaurant is #1 in Corporate History for First Week Sales

The Show Low, Arizona Panda Express restaurant broke the corporate record for first week sales (July 24-30) for a new store--narrowly edging out the previous #1 restaurant, Lompoc, CA (opened in 2010).  First week sales for the Show Low Panda Express restaurant were $124,485, whereas first week sales for the Lompoc, CA restaurant were $124,097.  Congratulations and a wish for continued success go out to Panda Express.

July 2013

Panda Express Opens Restaurant in Show Low

Photo: Opening day at the Show Low Panda Express.  Come on down!Panda Express opened Arizona's newest Panda express restaurant on a pad in front of the Show Low Walmart (5301 S. White Mountain Rd.). This is Panda Express’ 101st restaurant in Arizona. Panda Express is headquartered in Rosemead, CA. and has 1,537 restaurants in 42 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

"Panda Express is a great addition to the Show Low restaurant inventory and really puts Show Low on the map in the eyes of other national restaurant chains.  We think Panda Express will be very successful in this market and other national chains will take notice ", said City of Show Low Business Development Coordinator Steve North.


Tractor Supply Company Enters the Show Low Market

Tractor Supply Company announced plans to build their second Arizona store in Show Low.  The 20,000 s.f. store is projected to open in October 2013.

Headquartered in Brentwood, TN., Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States. The company operates over 1,223 retail stores in 46 states and employs more than 17,000 team members.  Tractor Supply Company stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol "TSCO".

April 2013

Cal Ranch Store Opens in Show Low

Idaho Falls, Idaho based Cal Ranch Stores opened its 23rd store in Show Low on April 12.  The 38,000 s.f. store is located at 161 E. Deuce of Clubs in Show Low.

Cal Ranch Stores carry a variety of items including sporting goods, garden supplies, ranching supplies, home and automotive items, clothing and gift items.

"We're pleased to welcome Cal Ranch Stores to Show Low and wish them much success in the coming years", said City of Show Low Business Development Coordinator Steve North.

October 2012

Ross Dress for Less Comes to Show Low

Ross Dress for Less opened a store at 4441 S White Mountain Rd., Suite C6 in Show Low.  Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, Ross Dress for Less now has over 1,000 stores in the U.S. and Guam and offers clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products and housewares--usually at discounted prices.  There are currently 56 stores in Arizona.

"We think this is good sign that the economy is improving.  We're pleased to have Ross Dress for Less join the Show Low retail family.  They're a great addition to the regional market”, said City of Show Low Business Development Coordinator Steve North.

July 2011

CVS Pharmacy Opens Store in Show Low

Woonsocket, Rhode Island headquartered CVS Caremark opened its 132nd CVS Pharmacy store in Arizona at 60 E. Deuce of Clubs in Show Low on July 10.

CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States and operates over 7,100 CVS Pharmacy stores in 43 states and Puerto Rico.  CVS Caremark is currently ranked 18th on the Fortune 500 list, has over $99 billion in annual revenue and employs over 200,000 people corporate wide.

"We are pleased to have CVS Pharmacy join the Show Low business community.  We invite everyone to go out and see this beautiful new store and meet the store manager Arlene Pratt", said City of Show Low Business Development Coordinator Steve North.

April 2011

Discount Tire Opens Store in Show Low

Scottsdale
, Arizona based Discount Tire Company recently opened its 68th store in Arizona at 401 S. White Mountain Road in Show Low.

Discount Tire Company is the largest tire and wheel retailer in the U.S. and currently operates more than 790 stores across the country.  Also known as America’s Tire in Oregon and some parts of California, Discount Tire company marked its 50th anniversary in 2010. 

Great Lakes Airlines Adds Flights to Phoenix and Denver

Great Lakes Airlines recently announced it will add a third round trip flight from Show Low Regional Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport beginning May 1.  The additional roundtrip flight will depart Show Low at 6:15 a.m. and arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor at 7 a.m., Monday through Friday.  "The additional round trip will allow for more connectivity in Phoenix. 
It also allows our business travelers the option of an early morning departure to conduct business in Phoenix and return home the same day," said Kassi Mohlenkamp, Regional Sales Manager for Great Lakes Airlines.  A daily flight already departs Phoenix Sky Harbor at 6:45 p.m. and arrives in Show Low at 7:31 p.m.  On Saturdays and Sundays, flights depart Phoenix Sky Harbor at 9:45 a.m. and arrive in Show Low at 10:30 a.m. then turn around and leave Show Low at 10:45 a.m. and arrive in Phoenix at 11:30 a.m.  

In addition, Great Lakes Airlines is adding a new roundtrip flight from Show Low Regional Airport to Denver International Airport Monday through Friday beginning May 15.  The weekday flight to Denver will depart Show Low at 8:41 a.m. and arrive in Denver at 12:15. The return flight departs Denver at 3:05 p.m. and arrives in Show Low at 4:36 p.m. 

Show Low Regional Airport Flight Schedule

 

 

 

 

Show Low to Phoenix

Flight #

Departure

Arrival

Days

5146

11:26 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

Mon.-Fri.

5169

4:51 p.m.

5:38 p.m.

Mon.-Fri.

5169

5:11 p.m.

5:58 p.m.

Sat.-Sun.

 

 

 

 

Phoenix to Show Low

Flight #

Departure

Arrival

Days

5168

7:40 a.m.

8:26 a.m.

Mon.-Fri.

5131

9:45 a.m.

10:31 a.m.

Sat.-Sun.

5145

10:30 a.m.

11:16 a.m.

Mon.-Fri.

5169

4:15 p.m.

5:01 p.m.

Sat.-Sun.

5132

6:45 p.m.

7:31 p.m.

Daily

 

 

 

 

Show Low to Denver

Flight #

Departure

Arrival

Days

5168

8:41 a.m.

12:15 p.m.

Mon.-Fri.

 

Denver to Show Low

Flight #

Departure

Arrival

Days

5169

3:05 p.m.

4:36 p.m.

Mon.-Fri.

Show Low Restaurant Named one of the “50 Best Places to Eat in Arizona” 

Sal & Teresa's Mexican Restaurant in Show Low was named one of the “50 Best Places to Eat in Arizona" in the August 2010 issue of Arizona Highways magazine.  The restaurant recently relocated from its former location at 1191 E. Hall Street to a new location in Show Low Plaza at 161 E. Deuce of Clubs in Show Low.   

Sal & Teresa’s has been a local favorite since it opened in 2008.  The family owned and operated restaurant is well known for its red chile which diners can get stuffed into one of their meal-size burritos, in mounds on top of chile rellenos, in a burro or a taco, all of which can be had with beans and rice.

City of Show Low Eliminates Development Impact Fee   

The City of Show Low recently eliminated Commercial Transportation Impact Fees which will mean much lower development costs for all commercial projects in Show Low.  Assuming a 50,000 s.f. building size as an example, a retail project would have come with a Transportation Impact fee of $43,550 prior to elimination.  Likewise, an office building, light industrial building, warehouse building and manufacturing building would have come with Transportation Impact Fees of $28,350, $26,250, $18,650 and $14,400 respectively.  

ELIMINATED COMMERCIAL IMPACT FEES: 
 

Type of Construction

Size (S.F.)

Cost per 1,000 S.F. of Floor Space

Retail

< or = 50,000

$871

Retail

50,001-100,000

$736

Retail

100,001-200,000

$609

Retail

>200,000

$495

Office

< or = 10,000

$825

Office

10,001-25,000

$667

Office

25,001-50,000

$567

Office

50,001-100,000

$483

Office

>100,000

$410

Light Industrial

 

$525

Warehouse

 

$373

Manufacturing

 

$288

White Mountains Business Expo Now Accepting Exhibitor Applications 

We are now accepting exhibitor applications for the 2nd Annual White Mountains Business Expo scheduled for June 3-5, 2011. The Expo will be held in an 8,000 S.F. climate-controlled tent on the Ponderosa Field at Show Low City Park. This is part of the 8th Annual Show Low Days festivities.  Please click on 2011 White Mountains Business Expo to download registration materials.

January 2010

National Bank of Arizona Breaks Ground on Regional Headquarters in Show Low
 
Mike James Ñ The Independent<Br>Show Low area dignitaries met Wednesday morning to break ground at the site of National Bank of Arizona's new branch office and regional facilities along south White Mountain Road. Pictured (from left) are the bank's Northeast Arizona Regional President Travis Merrell, Show Low Mayor Rick Fernau, Don Hammond of Amon Construction, NBA Vice President and Branch Manager Kathy Sandoval, Show Low Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gordon Kearl, Show Low City Manager Ed Muder and Dennis Calik of NBA Property Management.
Recognizing that Show Low is the economic hub of northeastern Arizona, National Bank of Arizona broke ground on their new regional headquarters building in early November 2009. The building will be located in front of the Lawyer's Title Building and across the street from the Hampton Inn on the southeast corner of White Mountain Road and Woolford Road in Show Low.   

The property was acquired about seven years ago and the bank felt that the time is right to move forward with the construction of the new building that will service a two county region including seven branch banks.

 "We are extremely thankful that National Bank has the faith in Show Low and the White Mountain areas to build such a beautiful facility right here at what I think is a gateway to Show Low”, said Show Low Mayor Rick Fernau.  Mayor Fernau credited City staff for helping National Bank of Arizona by "fast-tracking" the permitting process. He said the city is honored to have such a "great business partner" in Show Low and he hopes they will continue to prosper with even more branches in the area. 

The new branch and regional office is expected to open sometime around the end of April 2010. 

Summit Healthcare Named to the 2009 HomeCare Elite 

Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center has been named to the 2009 HomeCare Elite; the definitive compilation of the top-performing Medicare-certified home health agencies in the United States. This annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.

"The 2009 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level," said Nancy Buller, senior director of marketing communications at OCS HomeCare. "We congratulate Summit Healthcare on being one of the top home care agencies in the country."

The 2009 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2009 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of homecare's most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis was compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of the 2009 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS Web site at www.ocshomecare.com.  

The Mahoney Group Relocates to Show Low 

The Mahoney Group recently relocated its Pinetop-Lakeside branch office to Show Low.  The new address is in the Meadow View Plaza at 1500 S. White Mountain Road, Suite 401B.   

The Mahoney Group is Arizona’s largest independent insurance agency with over 90 years of service experience.  It is currently ranked among the "Top 100 U.S. Brokers" by Business Insurance Magazine and was honored by the Business Journal as one of the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Arizona.”  The Mahoney Group currently has thirteen offices, including eight in Arizona.

Sawmill Coming to the White Mountains 

West Coast Forest Products of Arlington, Washington is relocating a state-of-the-art high production sawmill from Washington State to the White Mountains. West Coast Forest Products President, Steve Shriver, worked in the White Mountains over ten years ago and has been interested in opening a facility in the area for quite some time.   

“The expansion of thinning projects in the region has created an opportunity for a firm such as ours to provide an economic engine that will allow more thinning, at a reduced cost for federal and state governments.” Mr Shriver said that thinning the forests and utilizing the wood benefits the community in many ways including reducing controlled burns, reducing the risk of wildfires, and adding high-paying jobs to the area. 

West Coast Forest Products manages a number of facilities that operate at a profit while most others are losing money and closing.

The plant is being moved immediately and will operate temporarily at the Catalyst Paper Mill in Snowflake until land can be acquired and improvements made to develop a permanent location.  The plant will feature state-of-the-art curve saw technology and a capacity to mill 25 to 100 million board feet of lumber annually.  The plant will employ up to 100 people at an average salary of over $20 per hour.  The firm has a national distribution network and markets value-added wood products throughout the U.S.

October 2009

Paint Max Refinish Supply Opens Show Low Store

Paint Max Refinish Supply recently opened a store in Show Low at 1340 E. Deuce of Clubs.  The chain has two other retail locations in Casa Grande and Tucson. 

Paint Max sells automotive refinish supplies including paint, primers, clear coats, bondos, sand papers and basic body shop supplies.  It is an authorized distributor of Matrix System Automotive Finishes, with a large database of OEM paint codes, color chips and Internet accessible paint formula retrieval.  While its acrylic urethane paints are primarily base-coat/clear-coat applications, it also has single stage paints, in limited colors, for many possible applications. In most cases, employees will mix your color right there while you wait.  Paints are available in pints, quarts and gallons, so you only have to buy what you need. The company keeps records of your paint purchases for reorders.      

The chain has been owned by Kent Zimmerman since 2005.  Tracy Mason joined Zimmermann in this business venture in 2007 and runs the day-to-day operations. 

Capt’n Ron’s Seafood Shack Opening Restaurant in Show Low 

Capt’n Ron’s Seafood Shack is opening a new restaurant in late 2009 near Downtown Show Low at 1650 W. Deuce of Clubs.  Capt’n Ron’s offers a wide variety of menu items from fresh mahi-mahi, salmon, swordfish and halibut; to shrimp and chicken tenders; to burgers, fish sandwiches and pasta.  

Dry Lake Wind Farm Dedicated 

U.S. Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, joined federal, state and local officials on October 12th to dedicate Arizona’s first commercial-scale wind power project—the Dry Lake Wind Power Project.  The Dry Lake Wind Power Project, located southwest of Holbrook, sits on a combination of private, state and federal lands and is comprised of 30 Suzlon S88-2.1 megawatt turbines.  The Project generates 63 megawatts of clean energy which is enough power for more than 15,000 homes.  The Dry Lake Project was developed and is operated by Iberdrola Renewables, the largest provider of wind power in the world.     

Summer Visitors Crowd the Show Low Visitor Information Center

Despite a weak economy, the number of visitors signing the guest log at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center doubled in number from 2008.  According to Gordon Kearl, the Chamber’s Executive Director, “The May, June, July and August 2009 numbers are up significantly from the same months in 2008…113%, 119%, 96% and 101% respectively.  Also, the
year-to-date numbers through August are up 53% from last year.”   

This data is significant and is very good news, indeed.  And good news is sometimes hard to find in such a bad economy. “There were several contributing factors to the increase in out-of-town visitors,” says Kearl, “and certainly the early heat of the Valley and throughout southwest Arizona as well as people enjoying travel and vacations closer to home played significant roles.”  Additionally, special events, outstanding recreational offerings, increased marketing of our area, and good old “
word-of-mouth” advertising turned travelers’ attention to Show Low and the White Mountains.

The total economic impact of the increased numbers of visitors will not be known for a month or two because sales tax data must be reported to the state and, subsequently, to the City.  “However, reports from some of our hospitality and tourist business have been very encouraging,” says Kearl.

April 2009

Reddy Ice Plans New Distribution Facility in Show Low

Dallas based Reddy Ice is expanding in northeastern Arizona and plans to move from its currently operating distribution facility in Pinetop-Lakeside to a new and larger one in the Airport Industrial Park in Show Low. This new 3,000 SF facility will continue to service the northeastern Arizona region and will be operational by summer 2009.   

Reddy Ice is the largest manufacturer and distributor of packaged ice products in the United States. Each year, the company manufactures and distributes approximately 1.8 million tons of ice through its network of 58 manufacturing facilities and 67 distribution centers.

Show Low Restaurant Receives Top 100 Designation  

Show Low’s China Wok Buffet recently received designation as a Top 100 Chinese Restaurant in the United States by Chinese Restaurant News. The annual awards present the best of Chinese cuisine to the American public. More than 43,000 restaurants in 50 states vied for one of the top 100 spots.   

Owners Kent and Joyce Chen opened the restaurant in 2005 and are currently making plans to open another restaurant in Payson this year.

October 2008

Aero Products Lands in Show Low

Aero Products Component Services recently announced plans to move its base of operations from Tempe, Arizona to Show Low. Aero Products is world-renowned as a provider of helicopter support services, including the repair and overhaul of helicopter components and the distribution of helicopter products and Bell Helicopter spare parts.

Aero Products is constructing a 26,000 square foot facility in the Airport Industrial Park south of US 60 (Deuce of Clubs) and plans to open in late December 2008. The building will include space for administrative and sales offices, assembly, storage and an overhaul shop.

According to owner Ted Johnson, Aero Products is experiencing significant growth and is outgrowing its Tempe facilities. The configuration of their Tempe facilities, comprised of two separate buildings, makes the company less efficient and inhibits the free flow of business activities. "We are genuinely interested in relocating our company to the White Mountains", said Johnson.

Show Low City Manager, Ed Muder, said "We welcome Aero Products and its employees to the White Mountains." "The relocation of Aero Products, a company well-respected by the aviation industry in Arizona, is a significant step forward in our efforts to develop an aviation industry in Show Low."

Aero Products currently employs 17 full-time employees and estimates a capital investment of $2.2 million in this relocation. Most of Aero Products employees plan to relocate to the new Show Low facility once construction is completed.

Big 5 Sporting Goods and Dollar Tree Enter the Show Low Market

Zell Commercial Real Estate Services recently announced that Big 5 Sporting Goods and Dollar Tree will open up shop in the Park Pineway Plaza in Show Low. President Alan Zell said the two stores will occupy much of the former Bashas’ building.

Big 5 Sporting Goods is based out of El Segundo, Calif. The chain has 366 stores in 11 western states, including 17 stores in Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs. Dollar Tree is based out of Chesapeake, Va., and has over 3,200 stores in the country.

Big 5 will occupy 12,600 square feet while Dollar Tree is leasing 11,500 square feet at Park Pineway Plaza. Zell said the move by the two companies show that retailers are expressing greater interest in Show Low. "Both of those retailers identified Show Low as a community they wanted to be represented in," he said.

Show Low City Manager Ed Muder said the city is thrilled to see these new retailers come in, especially Big 5 as he believes their services will be very suitable for the community. "It's a good fit," he said. "We've been talking to Big 5 off and on for about three years. "We're excited we're able to see business relocate into the old Bashas' store and to help the Park Pineway Shopping Center."

Both Big 5 and Dollar Tree plan to open their stores by November 2008.

 

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