A small “minimarket” and a huge brewer—what could they possibly have in common?
For starters, AJ Minimart on Camelback Road at 58th Avenue and White Claw Seltzer Works at 9601 N. Reems Road both were granted liquor licenses by Glendale City Council at its June 9 meeting.
So AJ Minimart (formerly known as Rafi Minimart) soon will be selling hard seltzer brewed in Glendale.
It’s not quite right next door, as AJ Minimart on the east side of Glendale is about 16 miles from the under-construction White Claw plant — which, according to Google maps, is in Waddell.
But the Google minions are not up to date, in this case, as the White Claw area, as well as neighboring Red Bull, became Glendale via annexation a year ago.
Since 2015, the minimart now known as AJ’s has had two fights/assaults and three reports of theft, according to the Glendale Police Department, which responded to a total of 16 calls to 5828 W. Camelback Road.
There was no mention of how many times police officers went there for power bars and Red Bull (the new coffee-and-doughnuts for today’s cops).
Also at the June 9 meeting, Glendale City Council quietly approved two housing projects that were part of the consent agenda (meaning they were not individually discussed).
Council approved a final plat from Survey Innovation Group for Manistee Ranch, which will be apartment/townhomes on the northeast corner of 53rd and Hayward avenues between Northern and Orangewood avenues.
The 6-acre property was approved for 71 residential units.
And city council approved the final plat for Rovey Park, on 89th Avenue and Emil Rovey Parkway near Raymond S. Kellis High School.
The 15-acre site was approved for 43 homes with an average lot area of 7,618 square feet.