By 12 News
GILBERT, Ariz. — A brand new mixed-use development is coming to life in the East Valley, as more local favorites are added to the line-up and opening doors. Gilbert’s Epicenter is just one of several mixed-use projects shaping the future of the town.
Gilbert’s development services director said the town has a few more years before it’s set to reach full build-out. And once that happens, the community is expected to rise to about 330,000 people.
At Epicenter, a carefully handcrafted mix of local spots is quickly filling space. Local favorites like Matt of Matt’s Big Breakfast are finding a busy start, after finally announcing their opening on Instagram.
“It’s amazing,” Matt said. “I’m happy if there’s one customer, but we were busy all day long. We were almost as busy as Downtown, which is our busiest location.”
A few doors down, local Peixoto Coffee, adds its own twist on drinks to the epicenter lineup.
“Peixoto Coffee was my way of keeping my family’s legacy alive but also bringing a unique experience to the community I called home here in Arizona,” Owner, Julia Peixoto-Peters, said.
The mix of Valley favorites is the vision of well-known Arizona locals William Johnston and his dad Joe Johnston.