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Issue 3, 2017
Two years ago, in our “Retail Family Tree” issue that also appeared at ICSC RECon Las Vegas, we honored all the main branches and leaves we could to illustrate this amazing retail climate we’ve had in Arizona. From the history of Westcor to Scottsdale Fashion Square, Metrocenter, and all the other shopping malls that have contributed heavily to our economy, we had to reminisce at least once a year — and what better time than now? We brought back one of the forefathers, Jack Rasor, but with a twist. We got the in-depth story on his relationship today with one of his mentees, Brian Frakes. On that note of mentors, we couldn’t forget to commemorate Rusty Lyon once again and take it a step further by profiling his son, Scott, and his new brainchild, the highly anticipated Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley. A not-so-talked-about part of our RE industry is the sleepy town of Queen Creek; however, that is all going to change. Check out the supplement that spells out how Queen Creek has been the underdog for too long and why the most proactive developers are setting their “sites” on it now.