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The Churchill : Marketplace Made of Shipping Containers Begins Construction

Posted on: November 20th, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries 2 Comments

Phoenix is constantly evolving with every new restaurant opening and shopping center breaking ground. I moved here when I was 12 years old and the changes that I have seen are remarkable. I know that makes me sound like an old biddie, with all that “back in my day” rhetoric but it really has been quite remarkable to see how far the city and state have come. News about construction beginning on The Churchill is a reminder of that.

The Churchill : Marketplace Made of Shipping Containers Begins Construction

The Churchill - Marketplace Made of Shipping Containers Begins ConstructionNamed for the Evans Churchill neighborhood where the Valley’s first micro marketplace will be situated, this unique center will consist of re-purposed shipping container. And, yes, you read that right.

For tenants that are wanting to be part of this community-driven center, they will be required to  complete four hours per month of volunteer work, which is intended to encourage the creation of community events.

“You gotta love where you live,” said Hartley Rodie, the project co-partner. “It’s not all about dollars and cents. This project is about people and community.

Rodie has joined forces with co-founder Kell Duncan and has teamed up with Local Studios to construct the 14,000 square foot, using 19 re-purposed shipping containers at 901 N 1st Street in Phoenix

An ample courtyard will serve as the heart of the community space, buzzing with community vibes. Tenants will be able to take part in weekly installations like health and wellness classes, educational and arts activities and more.

The plan for The Churchill is to also have monthly fundraisers for local non-profits as well as weekly service outing that will benefit a diverse group of Valley organizations.

  • This exciting new community will be home to 10 locally owned and operated concepts and while the majority of them are underwraps, we have the skinny on three of them.Pobrecito, a new cocktail concept from Barter & Shake, the team behind Counter Intuitive and Undertow.
  • The first brick and mortar location of the Freak Brothers Pizza food truck.
  • Cosas, a container boutique offering unique gifts made by local artisans from various regions of Mexico.

If you want to keep up to date on the developments as well as the remaining tenants of The Churchill, be sure to follow the community on social media while you wait for the Spring 2018 grand opening!


About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance wirter, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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2 Responses

  1. Jamil Coury says:

    Thanks for featuring The Churchill! We at Freak Bros Pizza are excited to join the downtown community!

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