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.