New Business in Oro Valley

Taking a look at some new businesses coming to Oro Valley and surrounding areas.

Oro Valley to get a New Fry’s Grocery Store

A new Fry’s Food & Drug store is going up in Catalina as part of a 120,000 square-foot retail plaza.

The Pederson Group has begun construction at the intersection of Oracle Road — State Highway 77 — and SaddleBrooke Boulevard, just north of the Pima/Pinal county line.

Developed in partnership with Tucson-based real estate developer Sears Financial Corporation, the center will include multi-use pads and in-line shop space.

SaddleBrooke Marketplace will serve residents of Oro Valley/Rancho Vistoso, Catalina, Eagle Crest, SaddleBrooke, SaddleBrooke Ranch, Oracle, Mammoth, and San Manuel.

The store will hire 250 employees. Information on when the store will open was not immediately available. Sears Financial Corporation purchased Eagle Crest Ranch — including the SaddleBrooke Marketplace site — in 1985. The Pederson Group, entered a joint partnership on the development of SaddleBrooke Marketplace in 2008.

Farmers Markets in Oro Valley are Surrounding Areas

oro-valley-farmers-marketYou’ve gotta love the relatively recent growth of farmers markets here in the Tucson area.  Whether you’re hitting up the ones right here in Oro Valley or venturing slightly farther out, you’re going to find an abundance of wonderful, fresh, tasty and creative products, produce, music, crafts and more!  Here are some of our favorites, in case you’re looking to expand your opportunities:

Farmers markets

Dove Mountain Farmers Market — Highlands, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd. 8 a.m.-noon. Thursdays. 661-7215.

Santa Cruz River Farmers Market — Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 622-0525, Ext. 7262.

Heirloom Farmers Market East — Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. 882-2157.

FoodInRoot Farmers Market — Banner-University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 261-6982.

Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market — 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 591-2276.

Arivaca Farmers Market — 17000 W. Arivaca Road. 9-11 a.m. Saturdays. 306-4673.

Heirloom Oro Valley Farmers Market — Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 882-2157.

Plaza Palomino Farmers Market — Courtyard, 2960 N. Swan Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. 327-4676.

Heirloom Farmers Market — Rillito Park, 4502 N. First Ave. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. 882-2157.

The Shoppes at La Posada — 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays. 603-8116.

El Pueblo Farmers Market — El Rio Health Center parking lot, 101 W. Irvington Road. 3-5 p.m. Mondays. 622-0825, Ext. 7242.

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Farm Stand — 3003 S. Country Club Road. 8 a.m.-noon. Tuesdays. 622-0525, Ext. 7242.

Green Valley Farmers Market — Green Valley Village, 101 S. La Cañada Drive. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays. 490-3315.

New Restaurant (for us, anyway) to Try in Oro Valley

Sharing something that’s new to us, but not necessarily brand new to Oro Valley… Noble Hops Gastro Pub at 1335 W Lambert Ln, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Some friends insisted we go try it and we have no idea why it took us so long to do so.  We had a fabulous time with some great food and delicious beer on a perfect evening on the patio.  Here’s a bit more information as put together by our very generous friends who took us there:

noble-hops-in-oro-valley-azGreat location! Sit on patio with heaters and fire pits at happy hour 3PM to 6PM. $2 off on all small plates and $1 off on craft beer at happy hour. In the winter go before 5PM and watch the afterglow on the Catalina Mt. range as sun goes down. Sun set 6PM approximate in February. You will not beat the view, vibe and convivial atmosphere here. Also, cool horseshoe shaped bar, sit inside or outside–seats face each other–gotta see it!

We really enjoyed a generous serving and delectable assortment on the Chef’s Board (REALLY AMAZING PLATE) which is house-made mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, local goat cheese, house-made duck paté, prosciutto and pork belly, pickled grapes, nuts, onion jam, Dijon mustard and toast–a delicious feast. We also went with shrimp tostadas, chilled shrimp, avocado purée, lime crema, pickled shallots, and cilantro on three fried tortillas. Throw in spicy mac & cheese and hummus for the 3 of us and we were very satisfied.

Craft brews, taste Porter, Stout, Pale and a bunch of IPA’s–good selection. Also, full bar for cocktails and wine. You will not go thirsty!

Service is extremely responsive. Our waitress was constantly checking in with us. Even the  General Manager stopped by to chit chat. Nice touch! Kudos to the Management and team.

We hope you get a chance to go too, if you haven’t already!

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