Daily News for Commercial Real Estate & Business – December 29, 2009

Here are the news stories you might find interesting today regarding commercial real estate and business:

Honest-1 opens first Phoenix shop

Honest-1 Auto Care has opened its first Phoenix-area shop, with the potential for more on the way.

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Tavistock Restaurants buys Sapporo

Multi-concept operator Tavistock Restaurants LLC has acquired the single unit Sapporo Restaurant in Scottsdale, Ariz., in a $1.7 million deal that closed Dec. 22, the company said last week.

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First American call center could employ 400

A home warranty provider said Monday it is opening a customer service call center in Phoenix. (FAF)

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Phoenix buys Park Lee apartments as low-income rentals

In the 1950s, a former property manager says, Park Lee was the largest apartment complex in the city.

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‘Decade from hell’ not all bad for E.V.

The one-week period between Christmas and New Year’s Day traditionally is a time for news organizations to “look back” at the major events of the past year – usually referred to as the “year in review.”

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Ahwatukee park-and-ride lot expanding

Phoenix will expand its park-and-ride lot at 40th Street and Pecos Road in the Ahwatukee Foothills by 353 spaces next year, using $3 million in federal stimulus funds.

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Shoppers spend a little more this season

Holiday shoppers spent a little more this season, according to data released Monday, giving merchants some reason for cheer.

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Retail outlook: Discounters best poised to thrive

Discounters, price-conscious teen stores and social-media-savvy retailers are best-positioned to thrive in the new year, according to retail experts.

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Rasmussen poll: Economy getting worse

Private sector workers are not enthused about the economic outlook or their job security, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey of 500 Americans.

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Top of the Web 2009

As the new year begins, the Phoenix Business Journal is taking a look back at its top Web stories of 2009.

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Geithner Voices Confidence About Economic Rebound

To read his interview on “All Things Considered,” click here. “We’re not going to have, Michele, a second wave of financial crisis.” (I hope so!)

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Feel free to contact me regarding any of these stories, the current market, distressed commercial real estate opportunities or your property.

Happy New Year!