Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

While its neighbors work on getting store-ready, Dunkin’ Donuts opened in the Edison Pointe shopping plaza Friday morning with great fanfare.

Owner Alex Apodaca, who owns several stores, said he and his partners usually do not go “all out” for an opening in larger cities because the interest isn’t as keen as it is in a smaller suburb like Maricopa.

This time, “all out” meant band members from Maricopa High School, a radio remote, kids games and more, with activities continuing Saturday with a pinstriping demonstration. The official ribbon-cutting including Mayor Christian Price, city council members, Chamber of Commerce members and candidates running for assorted offices. Some proceeds from the grand opening weekend benefit three nonprofits.

WingStop is meant to go in two doors down and still has a lot of work to do. A city stop-work order was posted on the door of the store space in between, which is to be a nail salon.

Meanwhile, work continues steadily nearby on the new Burger King, which is expected to open this summer. In the anchor space in the plaza’s main building, Ross still has a projected open date of July 21.

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