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Hundreds of jobs added to Tucson's south side and more on the way

Posted at 9:13 PM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 01:08:13-04

Hundreds of jobs are popping up on Tucson's south side and becoming the destination for major chain businesses.  

Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres says the south side has had the most job growth lately.  

The most recent addition was the first Dave & Buster's in Southern Arizona celebrating its grand opening Monday.

Over 1,000 people showed up to play more than 135 games and get a seat to watch March Madness.

Already a Walmart, Costco, Century Theatre, and Lin's Grand Buffet moved into the Tucson Marketplace located near South Kino Parkway and Interstate 10. 

"The south side has been hungry for this," said Fimbres. "You know there hasn't been a whole lot there. If you go back to '09 there was nothing out there, but a bunch of weeds, you know some old discarded mattresses and there is nothing there, now look at it."

He says since taking office more than 7,000 jobs have been created on the south side.

Some of the top businesses include Raytheon and HomeGoods with over 1,000 jobs each.

"We are five minutes from downtown, five minutes from the U of A and four minutes from the airport," he said. "Those are important things to business people drawing out paths and routes and stuff."

Fimbres said the new businesses popping up next will be a Popeyes Kitchen, Smoothie King, Discount Tires and Jimmy Johns.