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PHOENIX MAGAZINE – PLAZA RESCUE |

It’s difficult to imagine now, as the light rail whizzes by and cars snake through congestion during rush hour, but the intersection of Central Avenue and Camelback Road was once considered part of the ‘burbs.  When the iconic shopping center Uptown Plaza opened there in August 1955, the area was so fringe that it was county land, outside Phoenix city limits.

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UPTOWN PLAZA’S NEW TENANT OPENS TODAY |

Muse Apparel is the first new tenant to open at Uptown Plaza, which has been undergoing a massive renovation since mid-2014.  The 10-year-old women’s clothing boutique, previously at Seventh Street and Glendale Avenue, occupies a space next to AJ’s Fine Foods. Uptown Plaza, which marks its 60th anniversary today, is at Camelback Road and Central Avenue.

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"I always imagined Muse being part of a more village-like atmosphere, so when I saw the remodeling efforts at Uptown Plaza I knew it was the perfect fit."

LOU MALNATI’S MIKE MALNATI ON COMING TO ARIZONA |

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is going the way of the Cubs, White Sox and many of their fans, and setting up an outpost in Arizona. According to restaurant officials, it’ll be the first to open out of state for the 44-year-old iconic Chicago-area chain.

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LOU MALNATI’S PLANS ARIZONA EXPANSION |

In its 45th year in business, Lou Malnati’s is finally taking its first step out of Illinois. Following the Chicago Cubs and the region’s snowbirds, the 42-restaurant Northbrook-based pizza purveyor signed a lease in central Phoenix last week and plans to open a sprawling, 250-seat restaurant in the spring.

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UPTOWN PLAZA REINVENTS ITSELF |

When legendary developer Del Webb built Uptown Plaza in 1955, he created a “downtown shopping experience” in the central city. With restaurants such as the swanky Navarre’s and retailers such Jerand’s of Arizona fashions and Piggly Wiggly grocery store, the center, which had a modern look, was a draw for diners and shoppers alike.

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“This shopping center is deep in the hearts of people who live in north central Phoenix.”

THE MODERN RESURRECTION |

People are quickly realizing the importance of saving what once was considered old, and how preserving those layers of history is cool. David Scholl and Walter Crutchfield of Vintage Partners have been involved in historic development for a few years. Each project is bigger and better than the last and, admittedly, they learn something new each and every time.

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UPTOWN PLAZA STRIPS BACK TO ITS MIDCENTURY MODERN PAST |

There are lots of conversations these days about how to preserve, enhance and contribute to an authentic sense of place in our urban core. And while not all projects are as successful as some would like, increasingly we’re seeing innovative, adaptive reuse renovations along the Central corridor.

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UPTOWN PLAZA IN PHOENIX GOES RETRO |

Phoenix’s Uptown Plaza is bringing back the past. The Uptown Plaza, anchored by AJ’s Fine Foods at Central and Camelback, is about to get a makeover — or — make-under.

Underneath layers of stucco from the 70’s, developers found 60-year-old brick from Phoenix’s earlier days.

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SAM FOX, UPWARD PROJECTS RESTAURANTS IN THE WORKS FOR UPTOWN PLAZA |

Fox Restaurant Concepts spokeswoman Anita Walker, said the company is working on opening a Flower Child location in the center. Fox introduced Flower Child, a healthy fast casual restaurant in April 2014 with a location on 44th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix.

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UPTOWN PLAZA IN CENTRAL PHOENIX IS GETTING AN UPDATE |

Uptown Plaza, one of the oldest shopping centers in Phoenix, is getting a face-lift and several new tenants, potentially including restaurants by Sam Fox and Upward Projects.

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"For new tenants, our focus has been on the restaurant mix. We are talking to some of the best local and regional restauranteurs."