Chandler staple Wonderful Wanda's serves small-town Midwest fare; new Higley USD superintendent talks new school year and more recent headlines from Phoenix

Wonderful Wanda’s has been a Chandler staple since the 1990s.
Wonderful Wanda’s has been a Chandler staple since the 1990s.

Wonderful Wanda’s has been a Chandler staple since the 1990s.

Check out some of the latest headlines from Chandler and Gilbert.

Chandler

Wonderful Wanda's brings taste of small town Midwest to Chandler

Brandy Grooms knew she wanted to buy a restaurant when she moved from small-town Nebraska to the Valley. She had spent her life working in restaurants and wanted to find one that was the right fit. Enter: Wonderful Wanda’s, a restaurant that has been a Chandler staple since the 1990s.


McCarthy Building Companies starts construction on new innovation and craft workforce center in Chandler


The training facility is set to be the future home of Builders U, the firm’s existing craft workforce training program, which will serve to further career development opportunities for those in the trades and the next generation of craft workers, according to the release.


Semiconductor equipment manufacturer plans additional growth, signs new lease in Chandler

This new sublease will allow ASML to continue growing their engineering workforce in Chandler, according to a news release. ASML has 300 employees in Chandler with plans to grow up to 400 employees within the next few years, according to the release. Hiring is beginning this summer.


DATA: See how the Chandler real estate market has changed throughout the last year

Homes in the ZIP codes within Chandler saw more homes sold at a higher average sales price from July 2020 to July 2021 compared to the same time frame in 2019-20.


Gilbert

Q&A: New Higley USD superintendent talks about new school year

After Mike Thomason announced last year he would be retiring as Higley USD superintendent, the governing board designated Dawn Foley, then associate superintendent, to be his successor. She officially took over the job July 1.


Three salons now open in Gilbert

Aria Beauty Lounge, Beyond Aesthetics and CM Medical Aesthetics have all opened in Gilbert within the last four months.

Alexa D’ Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.









MOST RECENT

Six new businesses have opened recently in Chandler. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
4 new restaurants, new infrared gym and more open in Chandler

Here are six businesses that have recently opened in Chandler.

The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 2 all-mail election is Oct. 4. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Register to vote for upcoming Chandler election

The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 2 all-mail election is Oct. 4.

Chandler's Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash returns Sept. 18. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler's Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash event to take place Sept. 18

The event begins at 9 a.m. and allows kids to learn about butterflies from Arizona State University ecologists while they trek across Veterans Oasis Park on guided nature walks, according to a news release from the city. 

The freeway expansion project will occur across 11 miles of east- and westbound I-19 between Loop 202 and I-17, including the Broadway Curve between Baseline Road and 40th Street. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Broadway Curve closures, restrictions expected this weekend

Construction will affect drivers on I-10 this weekend.

A new tenant will take over the space left vacant by Flix Brewhouse in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Look Cinemas to replace Flix Brewhouse in downtown Chandler 'as soon as possible'

Look Cinemas will open its first Arizona location in the space "as soon as possible," said Kim Moyers, cultural development director at the city of Chandler. 

Here are six businesses coming soon in Chandler. (Community Impact Newspaper)
6 new businesses coming to Chandler

Here are six businesses coming soon to Chandler.

The Chandler Museum is presenting a limited-time poster exhibition curated by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that shook the nation. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler Museum presents 9/11 tribute for 20th anniversary

The Chandler Museum is presenting a limited-time poster exhibition curated by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that shook the nation. 

Here are two businesses coming soon in Gilbert. (Community Impact Newspaper)
2 restaurants coming to Gilbert; Hi 5 Tea opens in Chandler and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from Chandler and Gilbert.

The Project SAFE grant would go to school districts and local education agencies that had funding withheld for enacting mask mandates. (courtesy Adobe Stock)
U.S. Department of Education approves grant funding for school districts facing state punishment for mask mandates

The Project SAFE grant would go to school districts and local education agencies that had funding withheld for enacting mask mandates.

The city of Chandler is encouraging Chandler veterans to share their stories to be featured in the second annual Chandler Path of Honor—a path along the lake at Veterans Oasis Park that pays tribute to the city's veterans. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler veterans encouraged to share their stories to be featured in the city's Path of Honor

The city of Chandler is encouraging Chandler veterans to share their stories to be featured in the second annual Chandler Path of Honor—a path along the lake at Veterans Oasis Park that pays tribute to the city's veterans. 

A new wine bar and restaurant is set to open this month in Chandler.  (Community Impact Newspaper)
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants set to open Chandler location Sept. 27

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants is opening its Chandler location Sept. 27.

St. Amand Kitchen & Cocktails offers approachable menu for all patrons

Learn more about Chandler's St. Amand Kitchen & Cocktails.