Sawmill Crossing Changes Reflect Growth

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The Sawmill Crossing gained a couple of new tenants in 2003 and several existing renters expanded their businesses.

Tenants added in 2003 were Club USA and Printing by George.

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George Rogers, owner and operator of Printing by George, the newest tenant at Sawmill Crossing, moved to his new shop in June for better visibility. "It puts me closer to my clients," he said. He also has more space. "It's the dream shop I've had in mind for a long time," Rogers said.

Club USA occupied the newest structure in the complex last year. Originally the plan was for the athletic center to occupy about 60 percent of the space, now it has expanded into more of the building.

The old Whiting station at the corner of West Main Street and Beeline Highway has been demolished and the site is now in escrow for National Bank of Arizona to build a new branch, according to Paul Peterson, spokesman for Kaibab Industries. He said escrow is scheduled to close in May 2004.

The Whiting name did not follow the station building into the dust though. Kaibab Industries purchased the Texaco station at the south end of its property, incorporated it into the Sawmill Crossing and rebranded the station with the Whiting name.

"We will be improving the Nugget Street entrance and filling in the ditch behind the station to create cross access for future development," Peterson said.

In the existing buildings there are a couple of vacant spaces. The Cookie and Coffee Cafe has closed, as has Rim Country Kids, Peterson said. The other expanding business, Mountain Respiratory, is moving into the Rim Country Kids space in order to have more room for its growing operation.

Almost all the pads in Sawmill Crossing have been sold, Peterson said. Chili's owns its site, others belong to REMAX Paradise Pines Realty and The Stockmen's Bank, and soon National Bank of Arizona will own another. One pad, on Main Street, where the construction trailer is located, remains available.

As for the future, when the National Bank has been built and everything is fully occupied and the Main Street pad is sold, Phase One for Sawmill Crossing will be complete, Peterson said.

He said for the time being, there are no plans to develop the five acres on the south side of the property. The activity currently taking place on the property is for projects already under way.

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