Article originally posted by Easy Valley Tribune on July 20, 2020.
Previously known as a retail magnet for shoppers back in the 1950s, the old J.J. Newberry’s department store in downtown Mesa is undergoing restoration and taking on a new purpose.
An ambitious company focused on creating coworking spaces, Launch Pad plans to turn the store into a trendy area where young entrepreneurs attracted by the new ASU@citycenter campus will mingle, exchange ideas and launch high-tech startups.
“The possibility here is that we will bring hundreds of new businesses. It would make downtown Mesa a critical mass to grow and grow,’’ said Rodney Riley, Caliber’s vice president for acquisitions.
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