If it feels like restaurants and stores are opening left and right in Chandler, your observation would be spot-on; development in the East Valley city is hot right now.
According to the city, retail vacancy in Chandler is at 5.8% as of March, which is “the lowest recorded rate in more than 10 years.” In the last several months, a number of restaurants, dessert shops and retail stores have opened — and more new businesses are slated to open in the near future.
Here’s a guide to the new places you can shop and eat in Chandler.
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Amperfan K-Pop Shop
A new shop that “brings the best albums and merch” from South Korea to K-Pop fans in Arizona is now open on Alma School Road.
Details: 2330 N. Alma School Road, Suite 120, Chandler. 480-257-1404, amperfan.io.
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Bama Barbershop on Alma School Road is now offering hair care services that range from haircuts to shaving, beard care and shape-ups.
Details: 940 N. Alma School Road, #110, Chandler. 480-955-1529, booksy.com.
Gilbert’s Boba Cutea has expanded with a new location on Chandler Boulevard near Chandler Fashion Center. Its menu has a wide-ranging variety of desserts including galaxy boba drinks, gelato boba ice cream, ice cream frappes, slushies, milk teas and brown sugar drinks.
Details: 3400 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 3, Chandler. 480-306-6847, bobacutea.com.
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Bottle & Bean
Bottle & Bean has a coffee shop and bistro as well as a private dining room just south of Queen Creek Road in Chandler.
Details: 2577 W. Queen Creek Road, #100, Chandler. 480-265-9996, bottle-bean.com.
Chino-Mex has opened its second Valley location, serving its specialty of Chinese and Mexican food combined in each dish. You’ll find birria ramen as well as build-your-own bowls and trays.
Details: 6140 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2, Chandler. 480-690-1010, chino-mex.com.
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Kura Revolving Sushi Bar
At this popular sushi chain, you can order sushi platters on a conveyor belt, earn prizes and have your drinks delivered by a robot.
Details: 1928 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. 520-479-2707, kurasushi.com.
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La Fonda Mexican Restaurant
Longtime family-owned Mexican restaurant La Fonda, which opened in Tempe in 1967, is celebrating its 55th anniversary with the grand opening of its new location on Chandler Boulevard. Its menu features burros, quesadillas, chile con carne and street tacos.
Details: 2051 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. 480-966-8001, lafondatempe.com.
A “lovingly curated” locally owned gift shop, Lunch Money sells apparel, stationery, home goods, cards and accessories.
Details: 2430 S. Gilbert Road., Chandler. 480-622-4220, lunchmoneyaz.com.
Mango Crazy is now serving sweet and savory fruit-based treats in Chandler, which marks the California business’ first Arizona outpost.
Details: 1005 S. Arizona Ave., #6, Chandler. mangocrazy.com.
Mountain Mike’s Pizza
The pizza chain is now open right off Interstate 10, serving pies made with dough that is freshly made and rolled every day.
Details: 800 N. 54th St., Suite 5, Chandler. 480-550-8141, mountainmikespizza.com.
RareTea has made its Arizona debut, serving boba tea, matcha drinks and smoothies at its new store at Germann and Gilbert roads.
Details: 2990 E. Germann Road, #3, Chandler. 480-687-5723, rareteausa.com.
This new downtown Chandler restaurant serves cocktails and dishes that use fresh, local ingredients. Recreo is a indoor/outdoor venue that aims to create "garden hangout vibes," according to its Facebook page.
Details: 28 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. 480-590-0009,recreoaz.com.
Tea Fresho, whose flagship store is in Gilbert, is now serving fruit teas and slushies, coffee-based drinks and milk teas at Chandler Boulevard and Kyrene Road. Toppings include boba, crystal pearls, jellies, egg pudding, cheese foam, popping boba and aloe vera.
Details: 6140 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. 480-207-1177, facebook.com/teafresho.brew.
The Paleta Bar
“Fresh gourmet Mexican pops” that are handmade daily have arrived in Chandler with New Mexico-based The Paleta Bar’s latest expansion in the Valley.
Details: 4990 S. Gilbert Road, #1, Chandler. 480-469-5317, thepaletabar.com.
Coming soon to Chandler
Several businesses have announced that Chandler residents can expect to see them open soon.
The Illinois-based deep-dish pizzeria plans to open a carry-out and delivery-only storefront on Alma School Road.
Details: 2815 S. Alma School Road, Suite 15, Chandler. 480-561-5350, loumalnatis.com/arizona.
Somisomi Soft Serve & Taiyaki
Somisomi Soft Serve & Taiyaki — whose menu features Korean-inspired soft serve with various toppings in fish-shaped waffles — is set to debut in Arizona. According to its website, its Chandler location is “coming soon!”
Details: 1920 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. somisomi.com/locations.
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