More than a dozen new businesses opened in Prescott Valley during the past eight months, prompting community and businesses leaders to feel more and more confident the economy is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cutter Chamberlain, Prescott Valley economic development coordinator, said he is optimistic: “Business is picking up. In the last few months, retail sales have increased in our area. It does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon.”
He said sales tax revenue tax is up 15% from 2020 and continues to increase.
Marnie Uhl, CEO and president of the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, said she and the chamber board were enthusiastic about the future.
“We’re excited to see a wide variety of new business openings in recent weeks. But we’re also gratified to see other smaller businesses starting, perhaps without the fanfare of corporate sponsorship but nevertheless with significant economic impact for the region.”
Uhl said new businesses meant more employment, more tax revenue and more local and visitor activity within the town.
“Everyone benefits when we have positive business growth, regardless of its being a national or regional chain or a local mom-and-pop operation,” she said.
National chain Discount Tire has opened at 7063 E. 1st St. Store manager Jacob Dehart, who came to Prescott Valley three months ago from Bullhead City, said Discount Tire is the “largest independent tire distributor in the United States.”
He said the 5,100-square-foot building was equipped to provide full service to customers who needed assistance with tire repair and purchasing. Dehart said approximately 20 employees will serve customers, and that figure is likely to grow.
It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays; closed on Sundays.
Alliance Home Improvement Center has opened at 3600 M. Glassford Hill Road. Its website calls the business “a drive-thru Lumberyard, a Culinary Center, computer paint matching, key-cutting, lock rekeying, chain saw sharpening, local delivery, knife sharpening, screen repair, glass-cutting, blueprint copying and propane refill and exchange.” It also offers small engine repair and can serve as an Amazon pick-up location.
The center is linked to Alliance Lumber, a Glendale-based firm and one of Arizona’s largest lumber distributors.
National restaurant chain Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is opening its first property in the Quad City area at 5610 E. Hwy 69 on the west side of town. The restaurant is known for New Orleans-style Cajun and Creole flavors in a variety of chicken and shrimp recipes.
The restaurant was named after Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, a New Orleans detective in the Academy Award-winning 1971 movie “The French Connection.” Founded 47 years ago, Popeye’s eateries are in 2,700 locations in the U.S. and foreign countries.
Among the newest non-national chains coming to Prescott Valley: Free Core Pilates, Mobility Plus, Jerome Prazak State Farm Agency, Makayla Chadwick State Farm Agency, Icon Solar, Boba Bliss, Optima Medical, Precision PCF, Squealing Hog BBQ, W & Z Asian Bistro, Buckle Clothing and Archer’s Bikes.
Owner-operator Sal Anselmo of the Grumpy Sicilian Italian restaurant in Prescott has announced plans to open a second Grumpy Sicilian in Prescott Valley this summer next to Fry’s Food and Drug at 3100 Glassford Hill Road.
For further details, see pvchamber.org