Queen Creek’s first hotel is under construction as new businesses are announcing plans to open in the town or are expanding from nearby communities to set up shop here.
Some that opened in early 2020 are Barrio Queen (Jan. 30) and Skechers (Jan. 16), both at the Queen Creek Marketplace on the southwest corner of Rittenhouse and Ellsworth Loop roads; and Dutch Bros Coffee (Jan. 24), at the Shops at Terravella, a new commercial center on the northeast corner of Queen Creek and Ellsworth roads.
“The strong residential growth creates an increase in demand for retail, restaurants and services. Queen Creek’s strong demographics, including high household median income and large families, help further drive demand,” Doreen Cott, the town’s economic development director, said. “With a variety of new shopping centers, there are great locations for small businesses to locate.”
Businesses opening soon include Spirit Mountain Healing Center, 18428 E. Via de Palmas in Queen Creek. A grand opening celebration is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 27.
“Queen Creek is a great place to start a new business for myself because of the availability of horse properties that have good locations that are easy and convenient for clients to get to,” Michelle Goss, of Spirit Mountain Healing Center, said. “Also, Queen Creek has an amazing Chamber of Commerce that has fantastic resources and support for local small businesses, which is incredibly helpful in marketing small businesses.”
Spirit Mountain Healing Center is an equine assisted life coaching facility where horses help humans grow, connect and heal, she said.
The equine assisted life coaching services are available for children as young as 5, adolescents, adults, couples and families, those with special needs, corporations, small businesses, schools and churches both in individual and group settings, Ms. Goss said.
She decided to open a business in Queen Creek for a couple of reasons.
“The first one is due to the nature of my business --- I need horse property and Queen Creek has many different horse properties available. The property that we have now is in a great location to better serve my clients,” she said.
Its location, at the cross streets of Power and Chandler Heights roads, provided the size of property she needed, is conveniently located and easy to get to, she said.
“Also, because of all the horse properties in Queen Creek, there are many horse people who can help support my business and possibly know me from my last business, which was Tailor Made Training. I was a professional horseback riding instructor and trainer for over 30 years and I still have many people in that industry that know me and can help me promote my new business,” Ms. Goss said.
For information on the business, go to facebook.com/SpiritMountainHealing.
Other businesses under construction or planned include:
In late 2019, an awards and trophies business in Gilbert expanded south, opening in Queen Creek at 18914 E. San Tan Blvd. Suite 124.
“We have been in business for almost 15 years with our store in Gilbert, A2Z Trophy. We felt that adding Award Pros, as a second location in the south, would be more convenient for our customers,” Elizabeth Keeran, Award Pros manager, said.
“We also wanted to expand our services to the growing QC community. QC needed an award supplier for the growing interests in recreational and school athletics. Queen Creek is a great place to raise a family and is a perfect place for a business like ours,” she said.
Other new businesses in Queen Creek include:
Queen Creek is a great place to start a business because the town’s economic development staff can provide detailed demographic reports, site information, leakage analysis --- industries where the town is losing customers to other areas --- and traffic counts, Economic Development Director Cott said.
“The town also offers a Shop QC program to help promote businesses and support shopping local. The Chamber also offers a guide for starting a business,” she said. “If a new business decides to locate in the downtown core, the town does offer a façade improvement program.”
For information on economic development, go to queencreek.org/departments/economic-development.
The Town of Queen Creek lists new businesses at investtheqc.com/new-businesses.