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10 Aug. 15 - Sept. 4, 2009
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So Long To Summer,
president and chief operating offi cer. “In order for The 14 grocery stores slated for closure by Oct. 10 are: a Gilbert tradition
us to be a stronger company, we need to close some
Bashas’: 6720 E. Broadway (Power & Broadway), Mesa
more underperforming stores, along with stores in
The annual event known as So Long To Summer
Bashas’: 2840 S. Alma School Rd. (Alma School &
newer areas that just didn’t grow or develop.”
Fest returns to Gilbert for its 18th year, offering
Queen Creek), Chandler
He says under Chapter 11, Bashas’ can ask the court
fi reworks, entertainment, bounces, rides, games, food
to terminate leases and contracts that are seen as
Bashas’: 6760 W. Deer Valley Rd. (67th Ave. & Deer booths and activities for all ages on Sat., Sept. 12.
detrimental to its survival. So as part of the company’s
Valley), Glendale
The family-friendly event is held from 6 to 10 p.m.
restructuring, a team of internal and external experts Bashas’: 1050 E. Pecos Rd. (Pecos & McQueen), at the Freestone Park Ball Field Complex. Gates open
has been reviewing every one of the grocer’s stores to Chandler at 6 p.m. with live music from That Kool Band on
determine each location’s viability – now and into the
Bashas’: 4874 S. Val Vista Rd. (Queen Creek & Val the main stage. CC Ryder Express hits the stage at 7
future.
Vista), Gilbert p.m. and keeps the excitement going until the grand
“We’ve been taking a long, hard look at each
Bashas’: 2075 N. Pebble Creek Pkwy. (McDowell &
fi nale fi reworks show at 10 p.m. Fairgoers can bring
store in many different ways, weighing in a number
Pebble Creek), Goodyear blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the pyrotechnics.
of factors such as lease agreements, sales volume,
store expenses, profi t/loss, and overall trade area
Food City: 1245 E. Southern Ave., (Southern & Stapley
In addition, a food court features cold treats, meal
conditions,” Proulx explains.
Dr.), Mesa
options and snacks, and there will also be community
The company is also going to great lengths to try to
Food City: 4344 W. Indian School Rd., (43rd Ave. & Indian
vendor and sponsor booths to visit throughout the
transfer employees affected by the closings to another
School), Phoenix
evening.
company location.
Food City: 450 S. Country Club, (Broadway & Country
Advance admission and activity tickets go on sale
“We’re working hard to try to place as many
Club), Mesa
starting Aug. 31 at the Gilbert Community Services
members as possible into another one of our stores,” Offi ce, Freestone Recreation Center, McQueen Park
AJ’s: 4975 S. Alma School Rd., (Alma School &
says Edward (Trey) Basha, a senior vice president and
Chandler Heights), Chandler
Activity Center and the Gilbert Community Center.
Basha family spokesperson.
Admission is $4 for ages 4 and older and free for those
Bashas’ has fi nancial backing and a Debtor in
ages 3 and younger. Activity ticket packages range
Possession loan for $45 million to continue its
4 grocery stores outside Metro Phoenix
from $5 to $25, and parking is free.
operations now and into the future. The grocer plans
Bashas’: 1500 N. Park Dr. (Park & Henderson), Winslow
So Long To Summer Fest is presented by Mercy
to emerge from Chapter 11 in the fi rst quarter of next
Bashas’: 100 South Houghton Rd. (Broadway &
Gilbert Medical Center and produced by the Gilbert
year.
Houghton), Tucson
“The decisions we’re making (as part of our
Community Services Department. The event festivities
restructuring process) aren’t being made lightly,”
Bashas’: 12100 N. Dove Mtn. Blvd., Marana are sponsored by IKEA, The Gilbert Republic, Pepsi,
Proulx says. “We’re a people-centered company, but
Food City: 900 N. Rex Allen Dr., Willcox
Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Shell Vacations Club and
we have to make smart business decisions. We’re
98.7 The Peak.
here for the long haul, and we will rebound. Moving
For more information, SanTan Sun News readers
For more information, call 480-503-6200 or visit
forward, we’ll be concentrating our energies and our
can call a toll-free hotline at 866-329-5412 or visit
www.ci.gilbert.az.us/parks/events.cfm.
capital on improving our more than 130 stores in
www.BashasRestructuring.com.
Arizona.”
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