Retail business openings flourished in ’21

Sonoran Creek Marketplace
A crew installs a sign at Sonoran Creek. [Brian Petersheim Jr.]

As Maricopa’s population rises, it becomes attractive to a greater number of retail businesses. Here’s a look at the key retail/service developments in progress in the city, with many expected to come online in 2022.

Sonoran Creek Marketplace
The major retail development in 2021, Sonoran Creek, on the southwest corner of John Wayne Parkway and Edison Road, will host eight retail and professional storefronts, in addition to five restaurants. Sprouts Farmers Market, the anchor of the shopping center, opened in August. Two automotive businesses, Brake Masters and Discount Tire, and The Joint Chiropractic are also open. They will be joined by four professional offices all in some phase of construction — ATI Physical Therapy, Neon Barre fitness studio, Vanessa McDill State Farm and Wynn Nails and Hair Salon, the last two moving from other shopping centers in town. A Super Cuts salon is going in as well.

Oasis at the Wells Construction
Oasis at the Wells. [Bob McGovern]
The Wells
Another hot site is The Wells, the retail district anchored by Walmart, where a number of businesses have plans in various stages. Two of them — Fast & Friendly Car Wash (anticipated mid-to-late January opening) and a second AutoZone store — already have a presence off John Wayne Parkway and are expanding southeastward. Pacific Dental Services is also looking there.

Edison Pointe
Edison Pointe, just north of Edison Road and east of John Wayne Parkway, will get active in 2022, too. In addition to a Nando’s restaurant, Petco has begun the development approval process for a 12,500-square-foot pet supermarket at the site. Five additional retail/service pads of more than 2,000 square feet each will house commercial, retail or service-related tenants permitted in the CB-2, or general business, zoning.

Edison Place
A tenant was found for the Edison Place storefront vacated by Aaron’s in July 2020. Sherwin-Williams, an international paint and coatings retailer, is proceeding on plans to open a 7,000-square-foot store in the spring. The Maricopa store will be much larger than the company’s typical 4,500-square-foot retail operation.

This year in review was first published in the January edition of InMaricopa magazine.