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Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Nov. 8-10

(Western States General Contracting Rendering)

A new Kia dealership set to open in Scottsdale next month, Mormon families from Sonora arriving in Arizona to escape violence and renovations for a Harkins Theatres location in Avondale.

Here are some stories that headlined the news cycle, both locally and nationally, over the weekend.


Spacious two-story Kia dealership set to open in Scottsdale next month

Contractors announced this week they are wrapping up construction on a spacious full-service car dealership set to open by the end of the year in Scottsdale.

The city’s second Mark Kia will have 56,112 square feet of space at an auto mall south of Indian School Road between Pima Road and the Loop 101 Pima Freeway, according to a Western States General Contracting press release.

The two-story, $13 million facility at the Scottsdale Autoshow at Salt River development will offer sales, service and body repair.

Western States is building the dealership on 8.9 acres with 478 display spaces, 57 customer spaces and 266 service and inventory spaces.


Mormon families from Sonora state arrive in Arizona to escape violence

A caravan of more than a dozen vehicles holding Mormon families escaping after a violent attack in Mexico has arrived in Arizona.

The families crossed the border into the state Saturday afternoon, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

They came nearly a week after an attack Monday in which nine women and children were killed by what authorities said were people from drug cartels.

The families had lived in two hamlets in Mexico’s Sonora state: La Mora and Colonia LeBaron.


Harkins Theatres announces renovations for Avondale location

Harkins Theatres will implement luxury upgrades to their Gateway Pavilions Theatre.

The local theater company announced the $150 million project at their Avondale location will include reserved seating, electronic recliners, state-of-the-art laser projection systems, in-lobby bar, and upgrades to the lobby.

Additionally, it will implement a new CINE1 large format auditorium with Dolby Atmos 3D object-based sound and a refreshed interior finish.


Buckeye police track down suspect in string of home, vehicle burglaries

A man wanted for a string of West Valley vehicle and home break-ins was arrested this week, authorities said.

Paul R. A. Tafoya, 23, was identified as a suspect last month but remained on the loose until Tuesday, when Buckeye police officers caught up to him, according to a city press release.

He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix on three counts of theft, three counts of third-degree burglary and one count each of second-degree burglary and resisting arrest.


PHX Beer Co. unveils new brewery, tap room in downtown Phoenix

A new brewery is coming to downtown Phoenix this week.

PHX Beer Co. will officially open their brewery and tap room on Nov. 15 at their grand opening. They’ll host free brewery tours throughout the day and a ceremonial first pour at 4 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to be the newest addition to the great local craft beer industry,” PHX Beer Co. Brewery Director, Adam Wojcik said in a press release. “Our team has done a great job building a new and unique portfolio of beers we are incredibly proud of. We’re excited to share them with the community.”

The company renovated a 15,000-square foot building on Washington and 30th Streets. PHX Beer’s new space features a 20-barrel system.

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