After its soft-opening Friday, Ross Dress for Less cut the ribbon on its Maricopa location during it’s official grand opening July 21.

Maricopa resident Sandra Munoz couldn’t wait to begin shopping at the major clothing retailer that’s now so close to home.

“The prices are really good and now I don’t have to drive very far away,” Munoz said while perusing the dress aisle. “Everybody was excited about that and all of my friends said we had to go.”

The local store is one of 21 Ross locations across the country to open Saturday, said Maricopa Store Manager Michelle Page.

And while the business has a nationwide reach, the opening Saturday morning had a neighborly feel.

Ross corporate donated $2,500 to the Maricopa Education Foundation during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We like to give back to the community,” Page said.

Page, a Rancho El Dorado resident of 14 years, has worked at the Chandler Ross location for three years.

The Maricopa store employs nearly 60 people – all of whom live locally.

Mayor Christian Price said the consumer hype about Ross is a testament to the city’s growing economic development.

“It brings jobs, it brings people and it brings a rising economy,” Price said.

Since March, Goodwill, Planet Fitness, Dollar Tree, Dunkin’ Donuts and Burger King have opened their doors and registers to Maricopa customers.

Wingstop, a nail salon, a breakfast restaurant and an auto service center are future projects also slated to also open at Edison Pointe.

Ross store hours: Mon-Thu: 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri-Sat: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.