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


Freeride Bike Co. owner’s passion becomes business in childhood neighborhood

Brian Morris grew up near Higley and Williams Field roads and can remember riding his bike to the local convenience store near the southwest corner along Williams Field.

Now at age 46, Morris has turned that childhood memory into his life’s work at the Freeride Bike Co. in the same building where the convenience store once was.

Clay Dawgs soon to become Caldwell County Mexi-Q in Gilbert

Clay Caldwell plans to convert his mesquite-fired hot dogs restaurant Clay Dawgs to a Tex-Mex concept Caldwell County Mexi-Q at 546 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert.

Independent investigation finds no ethics violations by Gilbert mayor

An independent investigation into five ethics complaints against Gilbert Mayor Brigette Peterson found she had not violated the town’s code of ethics, according to a 119-page report released Sept. 30.


New makerspace to debut at Chandler Downtown Library

Chandler Public Library will open its new makerspace, The Makery, Oct. 12, according to a news release from the city.

Chandler's Bashas' acquired by Raley's Holding Company

Chandler-based Bashas' Family of Stores announced Oct. 1 that the company signed an agreement to be acquired by Raley’s Holding Co., an independent regional grocer based in California, according to a news release from Bashas'.

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