Cracker Barrel opens in Gilbert; Harbor Freight Tools coming to Chandler and more popular area news

The new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store location in Gilbert had standing waits outside when it opened its doors Feb. 15. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
The new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store location in Gilbert had standing waits outside when it opened its doors Feb. 15. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store location in Gilbert had standing waits outside when it opened its doors Feb. 15. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read popular news from the Chandler and Gilbert areas from the past week.

Gilbert

Cracker Barrel opens doors in Gilbert

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store opened its location at 1799 N. Higley Road, Gilbert, on Feb. 15. Each site of the chain features a gift store and a restaurant with a Southern, country theme.

Home sales prices spike sharply across Gilbert ZIP codes in December



See real estate data from 85233, 85234, 85295, 85296, 85297 and 85298.

Chandler

Harbor Freight to open Chandler location in March

Harbor Freight Tools will open a Chandler location March 6, according to a news release from the company.

Here are 7 businesses that recently opened in Chandler

Pita Jungle, a locally owned restaurant chain, opened a new location in Chandler’s The Steelyard development in February. Pita Jungle is a healthy restaurant specializing in Greek, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, vegetarian and vegan dishes made from fresh ingredients.

Meeting highlights: Chandler City Council approves agreements for water meters

Chandler City Council met at 6 p.m. Feb. 11, taking action on a total of 18 agenda items.

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



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