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Need2Know: No Arizona Wal-Marts closing; new ramen shop coming; Christmas store closes; new used book shop; Embry-Riddle No. 1

Courtesy photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Guy and Celeste Agena said their new restaurant - Kiyoshi Ramen ‘N’ More, located in the Safeway shopping center off Willow Creek Road in Prescott - will be open for business in mid-to-late February.

Courtesy photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Guy and Celeste Agena said their new restaurant - Kiyoshi Ramen ‘N’ More, located in the Safeway shopping center off Willow Creek Road in Prescott - will be open for business in mid-to-late February.

Wal-Marts closing?

None of the 154 Wal-Mart stores slated to close in the U.S. as a part of the company's "sharpened focus on portfolio management" are in Arizona.

In October 2015, the company said it was undergoing a review of its portfolio to ensure its assets are aligned with its strategy. An announcement made Friday, Jan. 15, was a result of this review, stating that the company is closing 269 stores worldwide.

The 154 U.S. closures include 102 of its Walmart Express stores, 23 Neighborhood Market stores, 12 Supercenters, four Sam's Club locations, six discount stores and seven stores in Puerto Rico.

The company said 95 percent of the stores impacted are within 10 miles of another Wal-Mart.

At the same time, the company intends on opening a slew of new stores. Domestically, it plans to open 50 to 60 Supercenters and 85 to 95 Neighborhood Markets in Fiscal 2017, which begins Feb. 1. In the same period, Sam's Club plans to open in seven to 10 new locations. Internationally, Wal-Mart intends to open between 200 and 240 stores during the coming year.

Bringing ramen to Prescott

When Guy and Celeste Agena first visited Prescott a few years ago from Hawaii, they fell in love with the area.

They were here to check out Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where their son is now a student, and soon decided to buy a home in the area. Soon after, Celeste, a former airline attendant, noticed there wasn't any ramen restaurants to be found and decided she was going to get one going.

"Ramen has been trending," Celeste said. "It's catching on more in the United States. It's always been a big deal for years and years in Japan."

The restaurant will be called Kiyoshi Ramen 'N' More and will be in the corner lot of the Safeway shopping center along Willow Creek Road (previously Aloha Hawaiian BBQ).

The couple are currently renovating the space and expect it to be open sometime in the next few weeks.

Christmas in Prescott only online

Owners of Christmas in Prescott (a.k.a. The Christmas Store) have closed their physical store front, 1235 Willow Creek Road, in Prescott, and will now only be doing Internet sales.

"Unfortunately it has not been beneficial to operate the store even though it has been a lot of fun," said owner Donna Albus. "We truly appreciate the Prescott residents and those who traveled here shopping at the store and we will miss visiting with you.  We have purchased a warehouse in Prescott Valley and will eventually move all of the internet merchandise over there."

Albus said her family will have a special sale for closeout items at drastically reduced prices early this year.  There will be an advertisement in the newspaper, under garage sales, to announce the sale date. There is also a note on their website's store location page.

The Albuses have had a website for their store since 2006. The website address is

The Purple Cat

A used book shop called The Purple Cat just opened on Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Fry's shopping center off of Willow Creek Road (next to Method Coffee and Robeks).

Owner Shari Graham says "The Purple Cat is a fun and friendly shop with good used books and some other interesting items, too."

The store offers audio books, bookmarks and unique book ends. 

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and closed Sunday.

A grand opening celebration will take place February 5 and 6.  

For more information, go to or call the store at 928-776-0116.

Embry-Riddle excels again

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide campus in Daytona, Florida, received a No. 1 spot on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report list for online bachelor's degrees.

This is the third consecutive year ERAU Worldwide has been named one of the nation's top online educators. Last year it was ranked No. 5.

To publish its annual lists, U.S. News & World Report ranked online bachelor's degree programs and graduate business programs in the following categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity (graduate business programs), faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology.

Other schools joining Embry-Riddle at the top of the 2016 online bachelor's degree list include Penn State World Campus (tied for No. 1), University of Illinois - Chicago, Temple University and The Ohio State University.

"Acknowledgment of the innovative, quality education that Embry-Riddle provides, whether it is online or in a traditional classroom setting, serves as affirmation and a source of pride, but it also motivates us to do even more," said Embry-Riddle Interim President Dr. John R. Watret.

Long Family Team joins Realty Executives

Realty Executives Northern Arizona has announced the addition of the Long Family Team to their market-leading realty company.

The Long Family Team members include Lari Long, a listings and buyers agent, specializing in residential, commercial, and vacant land; Genia Long, a residential expert; Aaron Long, who provides tech support, marketing and graphic design; and Steve Hulse, model home rep and residential buyer's agent. All are experienced Realtors with extensive knowledge of communities throughout the Quad Cities.

Owner/Broker of Realty Executives Northern Arizona Don Bonnell said: "The Long Family Team exemplifies the kind of associates that make us the Realtor of choice in the Prescott area, Sedona, Verde Valley and Payson. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship serving buyers and sellers in northern Arizona."

Collectively, the Long Family Team has sold approximately $150 million of real estate and are among the top 25 professionals in the Prescott Area Association MLS in overall production.

Brister to manage The Dells

Jim Brister, recently with Yavapai Hills, has joined Signature Properties in Prescott as a Realtor and will be the lead sales manager at Prescott's newest master planned community, The Dells. Brister brings more than 30 years of comprehensive real estate marketing and sales experience to work for Signature Properties.

Since moving to Arizona, Brister has opened successful sales offices for 27 various developments throughout Arizona, Utah, California, Texas, New Mexico. Wyoming, and Washington State.

The Signature Properties is a leading Prescott real estate brokerage, working with buyers, sellers and investors in real estate transactions throughout northern Arizona, as well as in the Phoenix metro area.

For more information, contact Jim Brister at 928-713-9439 or visit

Roger Higle joins Realty Execs

Don Bonnell, broker for Realty Executives Northern Arizona, has announced the hiring of Roger Higle to the executive team in Prescott. "We're thrilled to add Roger to our team. His experience in real estate will be a huge asset to all our executives," Bonnell said.

Higle will be responsible for Realty Executives of Norther Arizona's new satellite office program, helping to expand the company in outlying areas. He will also be offering business mentoring, including the David Knox Training program plus a business planning program. Higle will also aid with motivation, retention and recruitment of new Realtors, helping to grow the company even more.

Higle's real estate career grew over a 15-year period in Arizona and Texas. While in Tucson, he headed lead generation and transaction management for a sales team that ranked in the top 5 percent of units sold. Before coming to Prescott, Higle was operation manager for Group 4610, closing an average of 15 seller and eight buyer sides per month. For the past three years in Prescott, he was Assistant Team Leader with Keller William Check Realty, responsible for training, recruiting and agent intake and orientation.

Builders selected at The Dells

Developers of The Dells recently announced the selection of some of the Quad Cities' top builders to begin construction on a distinctive series of homes on custom lots at the Enclave.

This meeting of the minds will help shape the community with home designs ranging from garden homes on larger lots with easy living floor plans to custom homes on estate parcels.

• Carrington Homes has been building luxury homes in the Prescott area for the last 15 years. Carrington prides itself in offering luxury home quality and appointments without the hassles, expenses and endless decisions of the custom home process, yet happily makes custom changes to accommodate buyers' needs.

• Dorn Homes is one of the largest and most successful home builders in northern Arizona, building in nine communities in the Prescott area. Dorn Homes has been continuously building new homes for over 43 years in Arizona, and was honored as the best place to work by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. As an award-winning healthy home builder, Dorn Homes has developed "Exclusive Building Science," a holistic approach to home building.

• Mandalay Homes unites design, function, beauty, energy efficiency and indoor air quality through professionally designed technological innovation. Mandalay Homes is the 2015 recipient of the coveted Housing Innovation award given by the U. S. Department of Energy in the nationwide Builders Challenge competition. It is the third time in a row they received this honor. Since 1999, Mandalay Homes has been committed to building exceptional "Performance Homes."

• Reserve Builders have been actively building single family homes throughout Prescott in multiple subdivisions for the past several years. Builder and owner George Rothfuss has a background in finance and real estate.

The Dells, an 1,100-acre new home community in Prescott, offers panoramic views of Granite Dells and surrounding mountains. Its first phase of 208 residential units features more than 250 acres of open space that will have walking trails that link directly to Prescott's Peavine Trail and more than 450 miles of public hiking trails.

For more information, call broker Bill Hammond at 928-754-0297 or 1-866 336-2832 or visit

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