Seven more tenants sign on to open at Agritopia’s Epicenter in Gilbert

Epicenter Building 1
Building 1 at Epicenter is shown in this rendering. The vertical mixed-use development anticipates opening in fall, and developers have announced seven new tenants for the retail portion of the project. (Courtesy Johnston & Co.)

Building 1 at Epicenter is shown in this rendering. The vertical mixed-use development anticipates opening in fall, and developers have announced seven new tenants for the retail portion of the project. (Courtesy Johnston & Co.)

Epicenter, the vertical, mixed-use development in the Agritopia community of Gilbert, announced seven more tenants that will be on the retail ground floor when it opens in fall.

The new tenants at Epicenter, located near Higley and Williams Field roads, include three restaurants, a juice bar, a restaurant bar, an exercise studio and a skin care retailer.


Epicenter is meant to be the urban piece for Agritopia, the development from Johnston & Co. in Gilbert and StreetLights Residential of Dallas, that celebrates Gilbert and founder Joe Johnston’s agricultural roots. Agritopia is built on Johnston & Co. founder and President Joe Johnston’s childhood family farm.

Epicenter will have ground-floor retail with 320 high-end apartments above. Johnston & Co. CEO William Johnston said the developers anticipate the businesses being able to move in, in fall 2021.

Here are the new tenants:

  • Exercise studio barre3 is a franchise that specializes in barre exercise, which makes use of ballet movements and bars in its fitness routines. https://barre3.com

  • Belly Kitchen & Bar is a second location of a restaurant at Seventh Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix. It has a small Southeast Asian cuisine menu with a drink menu of horchatas, teas, sodas, cocktails and wine. www.bellyphx.com

  • Olivespa is a skin care company out of the family-owned and -operated Queen Creek Olive Mill. The products are olive-oil based. www.facebook.com/olivespaaz

  • Raw Organic Juice Bar is a grab-and-go retailer of plant-based juices and meals. In addition to the juices, it has meal-replacement smoothies and green or traditional smoothies among other items. https://raworganicjuiceaz.square.site

  • Source will be a fast-fine dining restaurant that uses organic ingredients from farm partners. The menu is Mediterranean cuisine with wild-caught fish and pasture-raised poultry and natural wines. The restaurant is a new concept and has no website or social media yet.

  • Spinato’s Pizzeria & Kitchen serves Chicago-style pizza and Italian dishes. This will be the sixth location of the Phoenix-area restaurants that were first established in 1974. www.spinatospizzeria.com

  • UnderTow will be the second location of a speakeasy-style bar with a pirate theme. The cocktail bar has a temporary site at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale while it awaits its permanent Phoenix location at 36th Street and Indian School Road to be completed in March. https://undertowphx.com


Epicenter’s previously announced tenants include bar concept Beer Barn; Bunky Boutique, a clothing store; Gadzooks, a restaurant; Hooligan’s Barbershop; Matt’s Big Breakfast; Peixoto Coffee; Wylde Hair Salon; The Fit Collective, a group-training business; and Vintage Home, a home furnishings store.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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