Dozens of businesses expected to open downtown this year

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Businesses are moving into downtown Tucson, with nearly three dozen expected to open their doors by the end of the year.

A recent Downtown Tucson Partnership report projects 32 new restaurants, bars, shops and offices will be in business by the end of 2018. That would bring a total of 67 new spots in the area since January 2017.

John Adkisson, of Iron John's Brewing Company, is moving into 222 East Congress Street.  The goal, to double or triple the amount of product that is going out of the brewery.

"You know, looking around, downtown is moving, it's happening, it's been a long time in the making but it's really hitting," said Adkinson.

With the main brewery on Plumer Avenue, Adkisson and his partners, Chris Faitsch and Cory Carpenter, decided to open the first tap room and bottle shop location downtown to tap into foot traffic from tourists and locals. The three said the new spot is many months in the making, hoping the taproom is the first of many around Tucson.

The report breaks the businesses down by type:

  • Dining & Alcohol: 13
  • Office: 3
  • Retail & Services: 13
  • Entertainment & Recreation:  3

14 of the new businesses are open, or will be soon, at the Mercado San Agustin Annex.

"This is a lot of start-up, first time business owner, minority and women owned businesses," said Executive Director Kira Dixon-Weinstein.

"This is what Tucson brought to the table. This is where Tucson was at and business owners coming forward and saying we're ready, we want to have a business," said Dixon-Weinstein.

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