The Shay Oil Company, which has been fueling Arizona since 1961, will soon be opening a new location in San Luis, Ariz., bringing 15 employment opportunities to the city.

Shay Oil, a locally owned and operated fuel and convenience store, will be investing a “significant amount of money” to the property located at 1661 N. Main St. and is expected to be at full operation by April.

The project will include a 5,397-square-foot convenience store and a 6,400-square-foot canopy with 16 self-service gas-pumping stations.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second Shay Oil location in the City of San Luis,” Mayor Gerardo Sanchez said. “Most importantly we are excited to continue to bring more businesses and job opportunities to our residents.”

Jim Shacklett, supervisor and representative for Shay Oil, added: “It is a pleasure to work with the City of San Luis on this project.”

Information on where to apply will be released closer to the completion of the project.

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Catalina Village Apartments, a 152-unit complex located at 225 W. Catalina Drive, has been sold. It will now be called The Palms Yuma. 

Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager of the Phoenix company Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate firm, said the complex sold for almost $9.7 million, or $63,486 per unit. The buyer, Corey Peterson of Chandler, is a managing member for Kahuna Investments.

Michael Hubl, senior vice president of investments in the same office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a private investor who had owned the property for the past 15 years.

“We are very excited about this most recent addition to our portfolio and our first acquisition in Arizona. Our immediate plans include renovations to modernize units and to reposition the property within the Yuma marketplace, which includes rebranding and renaming the property as ‘The Palms Yuma,’” Peterson said.

He pointed out that the complex, completed in 1986, is centrally located and strategically positioned behind Yuma’s Big Curve Shopping Center at 32nd Street and 4th Avenue, which benefits from a traffic count of over 33,000 vehicles daily.

The complex is of frame-stucco construction and sits on 5.2 acres. Many of the units surround an expansive courtyard complete with swimming pool, cabana and multiple lounging and sitting areas. The property has “spacious” one and two bedroom units. Exterior amenities include two laundry facilities and covered parking.

Hubl added that Yuma’s equal distance between Phoenix and San Diego makes the city one of Arizona’s most highly sought-after tertiary markets for investors.

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The Law Offices of Byrne & Benesch PC, previously located at 230 W. Morrison St., has moved its office and changed the firm name.

The firm name is now The Law Offices of Benesch & Davy PC and the new address is 350 W. 16th St., Suite 209, Yuma, AZ 85364 (the PMG Building at 4th Ave and 16th St).

The phone and fax numbers will remain the same, and the email addresses for attorneys Wayne C. Benesch and Minda M. Davy and staff will also remain the same. To reach the firm, call 928-782-1805.

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I owe an apology to the crew working on the new Yuma Regional Medical Center Primary Care Foothills clinic at 11142 S. Scottsdale Drive. In a story published this past week, I said that the opening date had been moved to Nov. 3 due to construction delays when it actually was due to state inspections being pushed back. I know some readers had been eagerly awaiting its opening!

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Readers have asked about the restaurant opening across from Inca Lane on 16th Street. Some have identified the exterior style and asked what kind of Asian food it will serve. One reader hoped it would be Vietnamese pho.

Others have asked when Eduardo’s Mexican Food, which was previously located on Avenue B, would open the new location. This week’s Commercial Construction Project Update for Yuma provides some answers:

Certificates of Occupancy: Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant, 1221 W. 16th St., Suite A; Eduardo’s Mexican Food, 206 S. Madison Ave.

Building Permits: City of Yuma, 289 N. Figueroa Ave., for an electrical/equipment building at the Figueroa Water Pollution Control Facility; Purcell Tire, 6750 E. Gila Ridge Road, for tenant improvements and alterations; Yuma Dentistry 4 Kids, 2816 S. 4th Ave., for tenant improvements and expansion.

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And that’s it for now! If you know of a new business that has or will be opening, relocating or closing, please let me know at mknaub@yumasun.com or leave a message at 928-539-6853.

I get a lot of messages asking questions, which I welcome, but I can’t personally answer every question. If I find the answer, I will answer it in the column. I appreciate the readers who always act as my eyes and ears. Thank you!

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