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Community Member Bennett Baptisto and his family don't have to drive to Burlington at AZ Mills Mall to get these great deals anymore.

Grand Opening of First Burlington Coat Factory on Arizona Tribal Lands

By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

On Friday, September 20, The Pavilions at Talking Stick welcomed Burlington Coat Factory to their neighborhood in a grand-opening ceremony. The first-ever Burlington store on Arizona tribal lands is an accomplishment for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, which continues to be a model across Indian Country.

The grand opening started with welcome remarks by Mark Fleer, regional vice-president of Burlington Coat Factory, followed by speakers Linda Whitlow, CMD, director of marketing and public relations at DeRito Partners; Ray Russell, manager of the new store; and SRPMIC Council Member Ricardo Leonard, who also sang an O’odham traditional song. After Leonard commenced his traditional song, onlookers were amazed to see an eagle soaring above Burlington Coat Factory.

“The store looks outstanding! This store was given an A+ rating. I’ve opened 11 stores in my career, and this is the best-looking [store] ever. Congratulations, and you should be very proud of your accomplishments,” said Fleer to those in attendance.

After the welcome remarks, the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place and the store opened at 9:30 a.m. Shoppers were eager to step foot into the new store to explore, and some were on a mission with certain items already in mind. Shoppers were given a coupon for an extra 20 percent off.

Burlington proved to have great deals, with savings of up to 65 percent off designer items. Shoppers included SRPMIC Community members, who were proud of this accomplishment and mentioned not having to drive all the way to the Burlington Coat Factory at Arizona Mills to get these great deals.

“On behalf of the Tribal Council and the Salt River people of the SRPMIC, we are very pleased to welcome the first Burlington on tribal lands in Arizona [here] at Talking Stick. This national retailer also brings job opportunities to the Community and adds value to the [Talking Stick] destination area as a whole,” stated Leonard.

Leonard also gave thanks to the Burlington Gives Back program with Fashion Delivers, who donated two truckloads of items to Salt River Community Services.
The new Burlington Coat Factory store is located at The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 9180 Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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