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Need2Know: ALCO, Lids, Lakeview Plaza, North-Aire Aviation, Jarz of Clay and Tractor Supply Co. report news, changes and event

Rumors are just that, rumors - and those about the Chino Valley ALCO store are not true. It is not closing.Operations Manager Kassandra Lusk said this past week company management was told that the corporation will close no stores in Arizona this year. The Chino Valley store is located at 1950 N. Highway 89 at Road 3 North.Lusk said the ALCO store in Camp Verde closed a few months ago because of a combination of an increase in its building lease and low sales. She added that the Chino store recently renewed its lease."I want to encourage people to keep shopping at our Chino Valley store," Lusk said. "I like my job and want to keep it."ALCO carries clothing, groceries, cosmetics, toys, pet supplies, electronics, stationery, baby items, gardening supplies, and more.WELCOMEPrescott Gateway Mall has announced its newest store opening - the Lids store, which opened on April 11 and has been well-received by mall shoppers. The 713-square-foot Gateway Mall Lids store is centrally located in the food court area.Lids, a retail headwear store based in Indianapolis, Ind., offers the largest selection of professional and collegiate sports hats as well as children's hats and in-style fashion headwear, according to a news release. With over 1,000 retail locations in the US and Canada, it is widely considered the nation's most popular headwear destination.In addition to sports hats of all sizes, from teams in the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and MLS, it is currently offering free embroidery with a 12 Blank Hat Purchase."We are very excited to have had such a successful opening in Gateway Mall and we're looking forward to providing quality, fashionable headwear to the Prescott community," Lids Store Manager Drew Jacobson said.Prescott Gateway Mall, anchored by Sears, JCPenney and Dillard's with prime national retail cotenancy, is considered the area's most prominent shopping destination. The mall was purchased by the Tabani Group in November 2013, and the mall's new ownership and management is working to bring new retail and community involvement opportunities to Prescott.NEW PLAZAWhat is all the dirt work going on at Willow Creek and Willow Lake roads? Lakeview Plaza recently broke ground on the new neighborhood shopping center. CVS and McDonald's have both contracted to open stores in the center and will be beginning construction this summer. Owner/Developer Ken Mabarak and Development Consultant Todd Sergi expressed delight at seeing dirt being moved. "This has been a dream for a number of years," Mabarak said. "We are so pleased to be able to offer neighborhood shopping convenience for this part of our community."Architect Michael Taylor is designing the 14-acre site's plaza. "We believe that Lakeview Plaza would be the perfect spot to get a steak and a martini in this end of town," Mabarak said. Approximately 32,000 vehicles drive by the corner every day. In addition to the existing Fry's Center across the street, the area will be the retail hub for northern Prescott and Chino Valley.Fann Contracting has already begun the infrastructure improvements. NORTH-AIRE PREZNorth-Aire Aviation has announced that Greg Reverdiau will take the reigns as president of the company effective May 26. Reverdiau came to North-Aire from the Florida Institute of Technology, a major research institution with more than 16,000 students, located in Melbourne, Fla. In his 12 years at the institute, Reverdiau served as a Flight Instructor, Flight Operations Administrative Manager, and Director of Business Development and Analysis before being appointed to his most recent position of Assistant Vice President for Aviation Programs. Reverdiau holds a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Science and a master's degree in Aviation Human Factors, both from the Florida Institute of Technology. He also is a Commercial Pilot Single and Multiengine Land with Instrument Rating and holds a Flight Instructor (ASEL) with Instrument Airplane Additional Rating. Founded in 1973, North-Aire Aviation provides cost effective, quality, scenario-based flight training through focused programs geared to training its students to the highest level of excellence while preparing them to enter the workforce as professional aviators, a news release states.MOVINGPrescott Valley's Jarz of Clay is moving to the Prescott Gateway Mall. Cinnamon Elam recently sold the business to Chad and Christina Grendell, who plan to expand the offerings of the ceramic painting studio in its new location. The new store's opening is planned for May 1, and store hours will 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. For information, call 928-717-2182.EVENTSTractor Supply Co. in Prescott Valley is having a low-cost pet vaccine clinic today, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. No appointment needed. No exam fee.There will be a licensed vet on duty. Services available include comprehensive vaccine packages, Rabies and Bordetella vaccines, puppy and kitten vaccines, testing and deworming, heartworm prevention, microchipping, as well as flea and tick medications.The store is at 8740 East Eastridge Drive.To have your business progress, new-starts or company's growth - such as new hires, changes in hours or location, even a new product line or trend - in The Daily Courier, call 445-3333 ext. 1095, or email For legal notices involving businesses, email Tim Wiederaenders on Twitter @TWieds_editor