A west-side Wendy’s shop is getting a makeover.

After buying the land it was previously leasing at 1602 W. St. Mary’s Road, TriWest Restaurants LLC began upgrades.

The 36,154-square-foot parcel was bought for $950,000 and a $200,000 tenant-improvement permit was issued for the fix-ups.

Upon completion, customers will find open dining areas with multiple seating options, including private booths, lounge seating and a Wi-Fi bar.

A touch-screen, self-serve fountain will have more than 100 beverages.

A grand reopening will be held June 3, beginning at 10 a.m. and small Frosty frozen desserts will be 50 cents all day. The first 25 guests will get a free combo meal.

Other construction activity around town includes:

  • An $8.9 million permit has been issued for the downtown City Park development at 40 E. Congress St.
  • La Frontera is also building downtown at 20 E. Broadway where an office, housing and mental health service building will go up with an $8.4 million permit.
  • El Rancho Bungalows is adding three duplexes with a $772,770 permit at 3630 E. Third St.
  • University Flats Triplex got a $743,000 permit to build three units at 380 N. Highland Ave.
  • An $840,600 permit was issued for the building of Riverside Plaza Medical Office at 7890 N. Cortaro Road.
  • Thornydale Plaza will get a Chick-Fil-A. The $750,000 permit was issued for the shop at 3943 W. Ina Road.
  • A southeast-side urgent care center is being erected with a $712,000 permit at 1040 S. Harrison Road.
  • Rancho Rustico Restaurant got a $607,000 permit to build in Old Vail Plaza, 10275 E. Old Vail Road.
  • Starbucks is adding a south-side location with a $327,000 permit to build at 1765 W. Valencia Road.
  • The Loft is sprucing up its location at 3233 E. Speedway with a $437,000 tenant-improvement permit.

Information on building permits courtesy of Ginger Kneup, ginger@orangereports.com, owner of Bright Future Real Estate Research. Contact reporter Gabriela Rico at



Gabriela's newspaper career began at the Tucson Citizen in '86 as the "movie-times girl" where she'd call local theaters for showtimes. Since then, she's written about crime, education, immigration, trade and business. She's been with the Star since 2007.