Scheels to open first Arizona store at Chandler Fashion Center

Scheels, an employee-owned sports retailer, will open its first Arizona location in the fall of 2023 at Chandler Fashion Center, according to a news release from the company. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Scheels, an employee-owned sports retailer, will open its first Arizona location in the fall of 2023 at Chandler Fashion Center, according to a news release from the company. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Scheels, an employee-owned sports retailer, will open its first Arizona location in the fall of 2023 at Chandler Fashion Center, according to a news release from the company. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Scheels, an employee-owned sports retailer, will open its first Arizona location in the fall of 2023 at Chandler Fashion Center, according to a news release from the company.

The company will take over the space left vacant by Nordstrom at the mall and will open after a full renovation and expansion—featuring 220,000 square feet of entertainment attractions, specialty shops and boutiques. That includes 75 specialty shops staffed by trained experts who focus on helping customers achieve their goals, according to the news release.

The Arizona Scheels will feature a variety of family-friendly attractions in addition to retail, according to the release. These include a 16,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with more than 600 fish, a wildlife mountain and Fuzziwig’s Candy Shop, according to the release. Shoppers will have the opportunity to enjoy interactive arcade games and sports simulators as well as specialty treats at Ginna’s Cafe, a restaurant serving gourmet soups and sandwiches, homemade fudge and specialty coffee, according to the release.

“After studying the Phoenix market for several years, we are pleased to announce the first Scheels location is coming to Arizona,” Scheels CEO Steve M. Scheel said in the release. “We are thrilled to be part of Chandler Fashion Center and want to thank city leadership and the team at Macerich for help bringing this project to life. We look forward to working with them throughout the building process as we become a new partner in the Chandler community and serving the people in central Arizona when we open our doors.”

The Chandler store will employ approximately 400 associates.


“Scheels' entrance into the Chandler market speaks volumes about the dynamic retail environment and vibrant quality of life in Chandler,” Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said in the release. “With Macerich's leadership, Chandler Fashion Center continues to iterate with the times and cement itself as a premier shopping, culinary and entertainment destination. We are excited to welcome Scheels to Chandler along with their 400 new associates."